People on the move: TEG, OVG and more

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

TEG has announced that Ticketek managing director Cameron Hoy has been appointed as TEG’s chief operating officer and head of global ticketing.

Effectively immediately, Hoy (pictured left) will be responsible for oversight of a number of divisions across the business, including TEG’s data science, analytics and digital divisions, product and technology in addition to leading TEG’s global ticketing operations.

“I am delighted to appoint my longtime colleague Cameron Hoy to the role of chief operating officer and head of global ticketing,” said TEG Group chief executive Geoff Jones. Check out the full story here.

Bodie named OVG chief operating officer

Oak View Group (OVG), the global sports and entertainment company, has announced the appointment of Francesca Bodie as chief operating officer (COO). In this newly established position, Bodie’s role will increase from capital development, mergers, and acquisitions to a focus on new revenue streams including overseeing all day-to-day operations for OVG globally, as well as leading OVG’s executive committee of executives into its next stage of growth.

Prior to her new role, Bodie (pictured centre) served as OVG’s president of business development where she oversaw multiple global projects for OVG and the expansion of the company’s brand, and its venues.

OVG chair and CEO Tim Leiweke said: “2023 was a pivotal year for Oak View Group across its service business and owned and operated portfolio. OVG is the only company in history to build and open seven brand-new state-of-the-art venues within 18 months, and Francesca contributed greatly to that growth and success. As we look to the future, we’re honored to have Francesca as OVG’s first COO to nurture and mature our current businesses and spearhead our next phase of growth in 2024 and beyond.”

OVG has also named veteran finance executive Julieta Gutierrez Macias as senior vice-president and chief financial officer of OVG360. Gutierrez Macias will oversee the financial and accounting activities for the division.

Gutierrez Macias most recently served as chief operating officer for Sodexo Live! airport lounges in North America after previously serving as the division’s global CFO and the North America CFO for Sodexo’s sports and entertainment division.

Marro becomes first NITO managing director

The National Independent Talent Organization (NITO) has hired its first managing director, Nathaniel Marro.

Marro is tasked with expanding the organisation and its position as the premier advocate for independent talent and the managers and agents who serve them. Marro has worked in the music industry, representing artists, since 2010. Much of that time has been spent as an agent with Wayne Forte at Entourage Talent.

As head of NITO’s Ticketing Taskforce, Marro has already been leading the organisation’s fight against unfair and predatory ticketing. With Congress, the Federal Government, and State Legislatures focused on primary and secondary ticketing, NITO is working alongside the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and the Fix The Tix Coalition as well as on its own to ensure that the voices of artists and their millions of fans are heard.

“When the board decided we would hire a managing director and our first employee, there was only one person that any of us thought of – Nathaniel Marro,” said newly elected NITO president Jack Randall of The Kurland Agency. “Hiring Nathaniel was the first thing I did as president of NITO, and I have no doubt that he will do an incredible job as our new managing director.”

McDonald to lead CTS Eventim venture

US promoter Walter McDonald has become chief executive of The Touring Co, a new live entertainment venture he has formed with CTS Eventim. McDonald, who previously led the touring division at Outback Presents, is also a minority stakeholder. Here’s the full story.

UBS Arena and the New York Islanders have appointed Janet Duch (pictured right) as executive vice-president, marketing & communications. In her role, Duch will lead the entertainment and venue marketing efforts for UBS Arena and the Islanders brand, go-to-market plans, performance marketing, digital and social media, and creative strategies.

Kustom Entertainment, the Digital Ally subsidiary and live event marketing and concert production company, has named Erik Dahl as its new chief financial officer. The appointment puts Dahl at the helm of Kustom Entertainment’s financial operations, including FP&A, strategy, accounting, procurement, tax, and human resources.