People on the move: International Nightlife Association, SXSW London and more…

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

Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) chief executive Michael Kill has also been named vice-president of the International Nightlife Association (INA). 

The INA’s headquarters are located in the Spanish city of Barcelona, and is a global organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting the nightlife industry.

AEG Presents, a provider of live music and events services, has promoted Don Strasburg (pictured left) to president of the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest regions. 

Strasburg was previously the co-president of the regions, and will continue to be based out of Denver. He will have sole oversight of AEG’s regional offices in Denver and Seattle. 

“The teams at AEG Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest exemplify a passion for the live experience and a flawless attention to detail,” said Strasburg, “We all take our mission of helping artists bring the greatest experiences to our community very seriously. I am honoured to lead these talented people.”

South by Southwest London has hired Elliot Willis, Adem Holness and Katy Arnander (pictured right), growing its full-time executive team. Meanwhile, Alex Poots will serve as creative advisor while continuing his full-time work at The Shed in New York. 

SXSW London will take place in June 2025 at venues and spaces around Shoreditch in east London, and will feature keynotes, music showcases, tech, gaming and screen with a particular focus on creative talent from across Europe. 

Arnander has been appointed director of programming, while Holness has joined as head of music. Willis has taken on the role of European commercial director.

Michael Tillia has started a new role as senior director of ticket operations at the Cleveland Cavaliers National Basketball Association (NBA) team.

Elsewhere, Populous, a global architecture and design practice across sports and entertainment, has created a new chief people officer role which will be held by Kristin Gibbar. 

The company has also appointed Declan Sharkey, who is currently a senior principal, as a regional board member within the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region. Fellow senior principle Brett Wightman has been made a regional board member within the APAC (Asia-Pacific) region, and Scott Capstack, a senior principal and design director has been made a board member within the Americas region. 

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