People on the move: English National Opera, Glownet and more…

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

Martyn Brabbins has left his role as music director with the English National Opera (ENO) with immediate effect. 

The ENO released a statement to say that it was “surprised” that Brabbins had decided to end his tenure as music director so abruptly. 

“As a member of the ENO’s senior leadership, Martyn has been party to all key discussions at all stages and the extremely difficult decisions that have to be made by the Board and Management in constrained financial circumstances,” the statement said. 

“After nine months of negotiation with Arts Council England, the ENO has reached a position where we are confident we can maintain a substantial level of operatic work – as opposed to the original reality of total redundancy across the entire company (following Arts Council England’s previous decision to remove the ENO as a National Portfolio Organisation in November 2022).”

The statement added: “As the ENO’s musical leader, we are disappointed that Martyn has chosen to resign rather than support the company by engaging with the process of creating a sustainable future for the ENO.”

Entertainment and venue management company ASM Global has announced several personnel changes across its portfolio. 

Will Berryman has been brought in as general manager of the new Henrico Sports & Events Center, which opened at Virginia Center Commons this month. 

Prior to joining the new venue, Berryman was the assistant general manager for the 285,000-square-foot Virginia Beach Sports Center. His role will include managing day-to-day operations at the venue, overseeing plans, programmes and events, budgets, training and development, and more.

ASM Global also revealed that Will Beekman has become vice-president, theatre operations and content development. 

Beekman has almost two decades of live-event experience, with expertise in areas ranging from marketing and communications to event procurement, talent booking and venue management. His most recent role included several years as general manager for the ASM Global-managed Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. 

Sticking with ASM Global, the company has appointed Stephen Poremba as the new general manager of Mohegan Sun Arena. He was previously the director of sales and marketing for the venue, a role he had held since 2009. 

Glownet, an event technology solutions provider, has appointed David Mitchell as vice-president, North America, marking the company’s expansion plans into the US. 

Mitchell boasts over two decades of experience in the events and leisure industries. He will be responsible for driving Glownet’s expansion, and overseeing the growth of the company’s partner programme for ticketing and payments solutions across US resorts, venues and attractions. 

Scott Witters, co-founder of Glownet, said of Mitchell’s appointment: “Over the course of 25 years, David has delivered successful high-performance projects in the nightlife, concert and entertainment industries, implementing operational excellence to drive growth and maximise profitability. We are hugely excited to welcome David to the team.”

Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) has appointed Ted Stimpson as chief executive, replacing the outgoing Mark Cornell with immediate effect. 

Cornell stepped down from the theatre, ticketing and theatre production company after seven years in the role. 

You can read our full story on the appointment here. 

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