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Terry Lefton

Terry Lefton covers marketing, including sponsorships, licensing and merchandising, for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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IMG Senior VP David Abrutyn Leaving The Agency After Nearly 15 Years

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 18 / 14

IMG Senior VP/Global Head of Consulting DAVID ABRUTYN is leaving the agency after nearly 15 years. In an e-mail across IMG Consulting and to senior agency execs, Abrutyn said he will leave in early August "to pursue the next opportunity in my career." Abrutyn started at IMG in '99 and helped grow ...

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Tags: People and Pop Culture, IMG

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