People on the move: UK Music, Splendour in the Grass and more

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

Splendour in the Grass co-founder Jessica Ducrou is set to leave her role as co-chief executive of Secret Sounds Group, the producer of the music festival. 

Alongside co-CEO Paul Pitico, Ducrou built up Secret Sounds, which is one of the largest music groups in Australia. Entertainment giant Live Nation acquired a controlling stake in the group in 2016. 

Arena Group, a provider of event services, has appointed Jim Glover as chief executive of the EMEA region. 

Glover will be based out of the company’s UK office in Wimbledon, and will have direct responsibility for operations across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Glover has more than 30 years of experience in the sports and events sector.

“We’re excited to welcome Jim to Arena Group,” said Paul Berger, group CEO.

“His proven track record of success in the sports and events industry, coupled with his deep understanding of the EMEA market, makes him the ideal candidate to lead this important region.”

ASM Global, a venue management company and producer of live experiences, has brought in Giuseppe “Joe” Rizzello as vice-president of ASM Italia, a newly created role. 

Rizzello has held previous positions at Inter Milan, running operations at the Italian football club’s San Siro stadium (which it shares with AC Milan), and as a venue director of UEFA’s Champions League operations. Additionally, Rizzello has worked across 14 different FIFA World Cups in various capacities. 

New head of sales at Seat Unique

Seat Unique is scaling its sales team starting with the appointment of Ben Scodeller as the new head of sales.

Scodeller brings over a decade of experience in the events, hospitality, and experiences industry. His career has taken him around the globe, including key roles in the UK and Singapore, and most recently at the London Stadium. He will lead sales of the new Seat Unique Club Offering.

Robin Sherry, CEO and founder of Seat Unique, said: “Ben’s passion for delivering unforgettable experiences to fans perfectly aligns with Seat Unique’s mission, making him an ideal choice to spearhead our sales efforts for the new Club Offering.

Elsewhere, Mason Donley has started a new role as head of sports and subscriptions at AXS. 

Donley has previously held roles such as senior vice-president of ticket sales, service and operations for the Los Angeles Kings National Hockey League (NHL) team, having also spent seven years at AEG.

UK Music, an umbrella body of the music industry in the country, has appointed Tom Kiehl (pictured) as its new chief executive. 

Kiehl had been acting as interim CEO since September last year, following the departure of Jamie Njoku-Goodwin to become UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s director of strategy. 

“It’s an immense privilege and great responsibility to take on the role of leading UK Music at such a pivotal moment,” said Kiehl. 

“I am looking forward to working with our fantastic members to press their case with the new Government for the changes we want to see – ranging from strong copyright protections and more music teachers, to key safeguards around AI and greater support for music freelancers.

“I want young people across the UK to see our industry as the most inclusive and exciting place to work, and one which will reward their talents. We need to turn this moment of considerable political change into a moment to achieve change for UK Music.”

Kiehl added: “My vision for UK Music is to build on our mission of bringing our sector together to speak with one voice and secure our place as the key organisation that fuels the growth and prominence of the UK’s music industry. 

“We must be relevant, representative, and able to deliver for the sector in order to achieve this.”

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