DANNY TOWNSEND beat "almost 70 rivals" to the A-League side Sydney FC CEO post, and the "unenviable task of filling the big shoes left behind" by TONY PIGNATA. The former Parramatta Power and Sydney United player starts his new role in October. Townsend is the co-founder of sports intelligence agency Repucom, and was "more recently a co-global managing director of Nielsen Sports" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/22). GLENN LOVETT was promoted to be the sole global managing director of Nielsen Sports. Lovett will lead all aspects of the global sports business (Nielsen Sports).