People on the move: CTS Eventim, Live Nation Middle East and more…

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We round up the latest movements from the ticketing sector and associated industries…

CTS Eventim has appointed Arne Fritz in the role of vice-president, venues and real estate.

In the newly created position, Fritz will take over some tasks from executive vice-president Rainer Appel, who is planning to gradually transition into a consulting role for the company next year. 

After graduating in architecture, Fritz spent time working in a firm specialising in architecture, project development and property sales. He then went on to also work in consulting on real estate and infrastructure projects. 

“I’m delighted that we’re welcoming another successful and dynamic leader into our team,” said CTS Eventim chief executive Klaus-Peter Schulenberg. 

“Arne will contribute significantly to our future strategy, with which we aim to increasingly diversify our business areas while also offering our artists and business partners an even higher quality of international services from a single provider.”

DEAG-owned Kilimanjaro Group has appointed Pablo Janczur as managing director of its new Wales office. 

The promoter’s new hub in Wales means that it now has a presence throughout Britain, alongside offices in England and Scotland. 

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The American Flag Football League (AFFL) has added Travis Watkins as vice-president of ticket sales and operations, reporting directly to president and chief operating officer, Brian Michael Cooper. 

Watkins will oversee the league’s ticket sales functions, developing unique packages and generating revenue through the sale of full season, partials, groups, premium and single game tickets. In his most recent role as director of sales and experience with XFL’s Houston Roughnecks, he built a ticket sales team and led all areas of ticketing and premium sales. 

University of Southern California (USC) Athletics has brought in Jay Hilbrands as deputy athletic director for external and chief of staff, where he will oversee all external units including marketing, development, ticket sales and service, business intelligence, branding, communications, public relations and more.

Mikkel Bjerre has started a new position as senior ticketing and customer service manager at Danish football club, FC København. 

Michael Mortlock has become the ticketing manager at UOB Live Bangkok, a 6,000-capacity venue in the Thai capital.

Elsewhere, Live Nation Middle East has expanded its touring business with the addition of Amin T. Kabbani (pictured), who will lead a newly formed team to showcase Arabic musical heritage across Europe, North America, Latin America and Australia. 

James Craven, president for Live Nation Middle East, said: “Expanding our operations to include international touring for Arabic talent is a natural progression for Live Nation Middle East. 

“While focusing on established names, Live Nation Middle East is equally dedicated to nurturing up and coming regional talent. The commitment will be demonstrated through shows hosted within the Middle East itself, utilising iconic venues, such as Etihad Arena. By supporting emerging talent in their home region, we aim to strengthen the foundation of the Arabic music industry and contribute to its global recognition.”

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