The week’s appointments in one place: 7th September

The week’s appointments in one place: 7th September

Alasdair Bell, the former in-house legal director of Uefa, has left European soccer’s governing body to join Fifa and work under Gianni Infantino, who had previously been his former boss at Uefa.

Bell, who acted as a legal adviser at Uefa for a number of years, takes on the role of the organisation’s deputy secretary general.

He is joined at world soccer’s governing body by Emilio Garcia, who also moves from Uefa, where he was the managing director for integrity.

Garcia becomes Fifa’s chief legal and integrity officer, with the moves following the shock departure of Marco Villiger as Fifa’s deputy secretary general in late August. He had been in the post since 2016.

English soccer club Aston Villa have appointed former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow as their new chief executive.

He replaces Keith Wyness, who was suspended the by the club in June and has since left the club, choosing to sue the club for constructive dismissal.

Eleven Sports has appointed Jorge Pavão de Sousa as the Andrea Radrizzani-owned network’s managing director in Portugal.

As part of his role, he will focus on expanding Eleven’s reputation in Portugal. De Sousa was previously the head of TV at Vodafone.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has appointed Dr Lachlan Henderson, the former chairman of the Western Australian Cricket Association, to the nine-man board of Cricket Australia. He replaces Bob Every, who resigned earlier in 2018 in protest against the way in which chairman David Peever was running the organisation.

The One Championship has just announced that it has appointed Hari Vijayarajan as its new chief business development officer. In his role, Vijayarajan will help to increase the competition’s scalability and growth across all key markets. He will officially commence his new role with One in January 2019.

CAA Sports, a division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), has announced that Rachel Conlan has joined the agency.  Conlan will work in CAA Sports’ property sales, brand consulting and athlete representation groups.

In the esports world, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) chief executive Chris Overholt is to become the new team president of Toronto’s Overwatch League expansion franchise. He had been with the COC for eight years.