The Sports Consultancy has appointed Simon Long in the company’s newly created role as commercial director.
In his new role, Long will focus on securing new work across the business’ portfolio of clients. Long joins from Stylus Media Group and has previously worked for Nielsen Sport, the Lawn Tennis Association and as chief executive of North One Sport, the global promoter of the FIA World Rally Championship.
On the appointment, co-founder and managing director, Robert Datnow, said: “We are delighted to have attracted an individual of Simon’s outstanding calibre, track record and networks across sport and major events. We very much look forward to working with Simon as we build on the record-breaking success of our business across all areas in rights marketing, consulting, and legal.”
Meanwhile, British sports law firm Onside Law has appointed John Loffhagen as a legal consultant. He joins from IMG, where he was the company’s head of legal and helped in setting up the Indian Premier League.
Paris 2024, the organising committee for the city’s Olympic Games in six years’ time, has appointed Anne Descamps as its director of communications. Descamps, who previously worked as director of development and communications for En Marche, the political party of French president Emmanuel Macron. She replaces Saint-Clair Milesi, who held the role as Paris secured the 2024 Games.
Lord Chris Holmes, who was responsible for the team that planned and delivered the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, has been appointed as deputy chairman of British public-service broadcaster Channel 4, who hold the rights to the Paralympics. Lord Holmes was previously a four-time Paralympian, winning 15 medals in the process.
Also in British Olympic news, Paul Thompson has been appointed as an independent non-executive director of British Hockey. Currently chief coach at British Rowing, Thompson has also worked for Rowing Australia and the Australian Institute for Sport. He will begin his role in November.
In golfing news, Dan Murphy has returned to Bridgestone Golf, where he most recently worked as executive vice president of sales and marketing. He played a key role in negotiating the deal that saw the annual PGA Tour World Golf Championships named the Bridgestone Invitational. He replaces Angel Ilagan after less than two years in the job.
And finally, online sportswear retailer Fanatics has hired Ben Esser as a director to be based in Germany. He will lead the company’s e-commerce and partner management departments, while also providing digital and marketing expertise in Germany and parts of Asia.