Industry Moves

Jonathan Hill has been ousted as chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), following a board meeting today (Monday).

Alex Kay-Jelski, a UK football journalist and editor, has today (Thursday) been named director of sport at the BBC, an appointment likely to be viewed as a surprise choice given his lack of sports media rights buying experience.

DAZN has continued its pivot towards free, advertising-supported content with the appointment of Elena Novokreshchenova as its first ‘global chief executive of freemium’.

Lars Haue-Pedersen is to step down as managing director of BCW Sports, the sports communications and event bidding advisory agency, to be replaced by Jamie Corr of MKTG Sports+Entertainment.

James Ralley, World Rugby’s director of partnerships and brand, has left the organisation to become the commercial director for the St Andrews Links Trust, the body that manages the seven links golf courses at St Andrews in Scotland.

Stefan Krauss, the long-standing managing director of Infront Austria and the agency’s vice-president of winter sports, is to leave the company by the end of next month.

Jessica Linnman, a well-known media industry executive in Sweden, has today been named chief commercial officer of Svensk Elitfotboll, the body which operates the top two tiers of football in the country.

National tourism agency VisitScotland is to look for a new leader of its major events strategy after the experienced Paul Bush decided to step down from his role

Dentsu Sports International (DSI), a division of the Japanese marketing and advertising agency, has today (Tuesday) announced the appointment of Olaf Borutz as vice-president of commercial sales.

Eric Saintrond is to step down as secretary general of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) at the end of this year after close to 40 years at the organisation, the Belgian executive announced…

Joe Markowski is leaving his role as chief executive of DAZN in North America with IMG’s Michael Ridout to take on certain duties heading up the broadcaster’s combat sports activities, SportBusiness can reveal.

The new joint venture streaming service of ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery today (Friday) named Pete Distad, the experienced media, sports and technology executive, as its chief executive.

Champions Hockey League chief executive Martin Baumann is to leave his position after a decade heading up the European ice hockey clubs competition

Sports marketing veteran Jeff Ehrenkranz has joined Hirschfeld Marketing Solutions as president of the Huntersville, North Carolina-based agency

Fifa is recruiting new executives to join its in-house legal team after a large number of senior legal counsels handed in their notice in the space of a few months, SportBusiness understands.

Ivan Gazidis, the former chief executive of European football clubs Arsenal FC and AC Milan, is back in global sport after being named president of start-up investment fund Kilmer Sports Ventures.

Kerstin Lutz has called time on over 23 years at Team Marketing to become chief executive of the new entity set up to commercialise women’s tennis’ Billie Jean King Cup.

DAZN has appointed former Canal Plus executive Brice Daumin to lead its French operation as it continues to target domestic rights to the country’s top football league.