Hutchinson, who joined the FA following the departure of long-serving biz dev chief Jim Frayling, will step down at the end of the year
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Gary Hutchinson, long-serving head of events at Sunderland AFC, has moved into a leadership role at Wembley following the departure of Jim Frayling
By IQ on 01 Feb 2017
Gary Hutchinson, formerly commercial director at English football team Sunderland AFC, has joined Wembley Stadium in London as head of venue sales and commercial partnerships.
Hutchinson’s position is similar to that of ex-head of business development Jim Frayling, who departed the 90,000-cap. venue last month, but is a newly created role with a wider remit.
In his 17 years at Sunderland, Hutchinson (pictured) – who was previously head of venue and events – was instrumental in bringing several major touring acts to the club’s Stadium of Light, including Coldplay, Take That and Foo Fighters.
Other recent staff changes at Wembley, the UK’s largest stadium, include the promotion of Liam Boylan to stadium general manager, where he will work alongside Hutchinson and partnership development manager, music and new events, Danielle Russell to “bring the best of music to the stadium”, says Russell.
“We have a great music calendar ahead of us,” she tells IQ, “which will currently see Stone Roses and ELO come to Wembley, as well as four nights of Adele – with more to come.”
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