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"Several key positions have been eliminated in a shuffle at the Corel Centre in the name of efficiency," according to Stuart McCarthy of the OTTAWA SUN. ROY MLAKAR, who had been the Ogden Entertainment-picked President of the Senators, became President & CEO of both the team and the Corel Centre. CYRIL LEEDER goes from being President of Palladium Corp. the building entity which runs the Corel Centre, to COO of the Corel Centre under Mlakar. STEVE VIOLETTA becomes Exec VP of the Senators, handling day-to- day management. Also, Ogden's Dir of Entertainment ROGER NEWTON, Guest Services Dir DAVE DACRES, CFO CHRIS ST. GERMAIN, and Ogden Marketing Managers NATALIE COURTENAY & MICHAEL HAMILTON, "have all been told their positions are redundant May 15" (Stuart McCarthy, OTTAWA SUN, 4/15).
REGHAN GUPTILL joined the staff of Minor League Baseball as Manager of the Baseball Trade Show for the Professional Baseball Promotion Corp., a subsidiary of the NAPBL (NAPBL)....Raycom Sports announced the hiring of two new employees -- KEVIN COLLINS, named VP/National Sales, and DAVID FRY, named Midwest Division Manager, while COLIN SMITH was promoted to Regional Marketing Manager (Raycom). .....Dunlop Maxfli Sports Corporation (DMSC) appointed DAVID VOGRIN and GUY PETERS as its new Marketing Managers for Golf Balls (DMSC)....SANDY JOHNSON was named Assistant GM for the D'Backs. Johnson will focus on player development and scouting (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 4/14)....ALLISON HODGES, President & co-Founder of Three Point, Inc., has been named GM of the ABL expansion Chicago franchise (ABL).
PAT O'GRADY, a 12-year exec with Etonic, is leaving the company, according to Lynn Henning of GOLFWEEK. O'Grady was hired in '86 as Senior VP & GM at Etonic after 12 years at FootJoy. When Spalding Sports Worldwide bought Etonic in '96 O'Grady was made a Senior VP "and assigned the mission of helping Etonic merge its culture with Spalding's" (GOLFWEEK, 4/11 issue). Henning also reports that Nike Golf "is hunting for a new director of marketing following the resignation last week of ROD TALLMAN." Tallman had been with Nike since '79 and has headed Nike's golf marketing division since '94 (GOLFWEEK, 4/11 issue).
KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR is developing a TV movie about the life of the black inventor LEWIS HOWARD LATIMER, who worked with THOMAS EDISON on the development of the electric light bulb (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/15).....Marquee Group CEO BOB GUTKOWSKI is featured in AD AGE's "On A Roll." His opinion: "Few advertisers are tapping all the available sponsorship avenues: harnessing technology for highly effective on-site advertising, localized commercials and Internet presence" (AD AGE, 4/13 issue)....Villard Publishing Chief BRIAN DEFIORE has bought memoirs written by sports agent LEIGH STEINBERG (N.Y. POST, 4/15)....Dodgers Exec VP FRED CLAIRE was released from the hospital and is "expected to be fine," after suffering from dehydration (L.A. TIMES, 4/15).