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Jeff Dodds named as new Formula E CEO, plus more

All of the week’s Movers & Shakers in one place.

19 May 2023 Josh Sim

Formula E

The all-electric Formula E championship has announced Jamie Reigle is stepping down as chief executive, with former Virgin Media O2 chief operating officer Jeff Dodds named as his replacement.

Dodds has previously taken up several roles at Virgin Media, serving as its chief operating officer, managing director and chief marketing officer. He was also the chief executive of Dutch telecoms business Tele2 for two years.

“I am thrilled to take on the role of CEO at Formula E,” Dodds said. “My passion for automotive, sport and entertainment means I am incredibly excited about this opportunity. There is a world-class team at Formula E and I am excited to lead them into the next chapter, shaping the future of motorsport and redefining what is possible.”

Dodds will officially begin in his new role on 5th June, with Reigle to transition into an advisory role for the remainder of the season. Under his four-year tenure, Reigle led the motorsport series though the pandemic, as well as overseeing the departures of major manufacturers such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

“I would like to thank Jamie for his leadership over the last four years and welcome his support over the remainder of the season,” said Alejandro Agag, founder and chairman of Formula E.

“I enjoyed partnering with Jamie to build upon my founding vision while reimagining the definition of success for Formula E. It has been a pleasure working with him and I look forward to welcoming him back at Formula E races in the future.”

Elsewhere, Amazon has promoted Stacey Rosenson as its head of US sports marketing for Prime Video. Rosenson had previously worked as the director of Alexa and Amazon ads for the ecommerce giant. In her new role, she will be tasked with creating multi-media campaigns for live sports offerings and original content for Prime Video, as well as leading the US marketing team.

In other news, Chris Heck has been appointed by Premier League club Aston Villa as their new president of business operations. Heck, who previously was president of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Philadelphia 76ers, will have full responsibility for all business and commercial matters at the club.


Tom Penn
Chief executive officer, San Diego Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise
Previously: President, LAFC
Note: Penn’s appointment was confirmed as part of the league’s announcement for its 30th franchise.

Ali Russell
Managing director, Extreme E
Previously: Chief marketing officer, Extreme E

James Ruth
Chief marketing officer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Previously: Chief marketing officer, Austin FC

Fernando Sanz
Director of international business development, Spanish Football Federation (RFEF)
Previously: Director of international institutional relations, LaLiga

Calder Hynes
Senior vice president, global communications, Wasserman
Previously: Vice president, public relations and communications for talent, Wasserman

Quinn Pacini
Vice president of broadcast operations for Scripps Sports, The E.W. Scripps Company
Previously: Vice president & general manager, The E.W. Scripps Company

Ben Hurst
Vice president, North American market expansion, 888 Holdings
Previously: Senior vice president and head of digital, Madison Square Garden (MSG) Sports & Entertainment

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