The week’s appointments in one place: 13th July

The week’s appointments in one place: 13th July

Former Uefa managing director of communications Pedro Pinto has joined global sports provider Eleven Sports as a non-executive director in Portugal.

Pinto, who also worked as a sports correspondent and presenter for CNN, will front Eleven’s UEFA Champions League programmes, as well as dealing with key members of the media, rights holders and assisting with production.

Pinto said: “Eleven Sports is taking sports entertainment to a whole new level in Portugal and I’m excited to be part of that journey.”

Gfinity, the UK-based esports company, has appointed Graham Wallace as its global chief operating officer as well as joining the firm’s board of directors.

Wallace was previously employed as chief operating officer at English soccer giants Manchester City, working under Gfinity’s new executive chairman chief executive Garry Cook. Wallace later joined Scottish giants Rangers in 2013 as their chief executive officer, working to lead the club out of financial insolvency. He has also worked as the chief financial officer for both IMG Media and MTV Networks Europe.

Nigel Payne, former chief executive of Sportingbet, has been appointed to the board of Ascot Racecourse Betting and Gaming Limited (ARBGL) as a non-executive director.

Former AppNexus chief technology officer Geir Magnusson has been appointed to the same role at live television streaming service FuboTV. Magnusson previously worked for American technology company AppNexus.

David Holmes, chief executive of British Eventing, has been selected to lead Great Britain as chef de mission at the upcoming World Equestrian Games in North Carolina, it has been confirmed by the British Equestrian Federation. Holmes fulfilled a similar role with the Italian team in 2010.

DAZN, the OTT platform operating under sports media company Perform, has announced former head of Fox Sports Marco Foroni as its editorial chief. He joins the live and on-demand streaming service to lead the editorial and creative direction of its sport coverage in Italy.

TSC Legal, the law firm associated with sports agency The Sports Consultancy, has appointed David Becker and Tim Jones as consultant partners. Becker previously worked as head of legal at the International Cricket Council (ICC), while Tim Jones was heavily involved in the London 2012 Olympics.

The UK government has appointed John Crabtree as chairman of the local organising committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which are to take place in Birmingham. He is currently Lord Lieutenant for the county of the West Midlands, acting as the Queen’s representative in the area.

Glen Killane has been appointed as deputy director of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Killane has previously worked as managing director of Eir Sport and Eir Television in Ireland, and as head of sport at Irish public broadcaster RTE.

Turner Sports has increased the role of Hania Poole, who was the vice-president of business operations and general manager of NCAA Digital. As well as these responsibilities, she has been promoted to the role of senior vice-president of NCAA Digital and general manager of Bleacher Report Live. She will now also oversee the day-to-day relationship between Turner Sports and the NCAA.