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People on the move: AMG, Tixr and more

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

Academy Music Group (AMG) has hired experienced industry professional Liam Boylan (pictured left) as its new chief executive.

Boylan has joined the company, an owner and operator of live music and entertainment venues, from Wembley Stadium where he was stadium director.

Prior to joining Wembley Stadium in 2015, he worked with SJM Concerts touring the UK for 13 years as well as a previous five-year tenure at Manchester Arena.

“I am thrilled to step into the CEO role with AMG and its nationwide network of venues” Boylan said.

“Opportunities like this one with AMG are exceptional, and I look forward to enhancing a fantastic operation, and to future growth with this outstanding company.”

Tixr is expanding its operations in Canada and has appointed Stéphane McGarry (pictured centre) to lead sports in the nation following his time

McGarry will serve in a newly created role of vice-president, partnerships and country manager with the aim of spearheading the expansion and building on Tixr’s roster of partners in Canada.

“Stéphane’s track record speaks volumes. Not only has he established enduring relationships with clients and led operations to excellence in music, sports, and beyond, but his character and reputation precede him as a standout individual within our industry,” said Robert Davari, co-founder and chief executive of Tixr.

Arthur M. Blank Sports and Entertainment (AMBSE) has promoted four senior officers in the form of Nick Brown (pictured right), Demetrious Efstathiou, Chris Millman and Ryan Mucatel.

Brown has been made vice-president, deputy general counsel and Efstathiou is now senior vice-president, strategy at Atlanta United.

Millman will serve as senior vice-president, community engagement and sports philanthropy while Mucatel is senior vice-president, chief marketing officer.

“Each of these leaders has made a significant impact on our businesses and they all espouse the Core Values that are the foundation of everything for our organization,” said AMBSE chief executive Rich McKay.

AMBSE is a sports and entertainment company and part of the Blank Family of Businesses comprising the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta Drive Golf Club, and PGA Tour Superstore.

Irish music promoter Vince Power, who was involved in UK festivals such as Reading and Leeds, and Glastonury, has died at the age of 76.

“Saddened to learn of the passing of Vince Power,” wrote the Embassy of Ireland in London.

“He worked throughout his career to champion Irish culture, leaving an indelible impact on the music scene in Britain.”

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