Published April 2, 1998
Russell Corp. named JOHN WARD as its President & CEO. Ward, once CEO of Sara Lee's Hanes Group, replaces JOHN ADAMS, who retired after more than 21 years with Russell (N.Y. TIMES, 4/2)....BRIAN BERGER has resigned from his position as Marketing Manager of the Rose Quarter to form his own PR and marketing firm, Brian Berger PR, based in Portland, OR. Berger had been with the Trail Blazers and Oregon Arena Corp. since '92 (Berger PR)....The Phillies promoted DAVID BUCK to VP/Advertising Sales. Buck had been Dir of Ad Sales since '96. DEBBIE NOCITO was named Manager, Client Services. She was an assistant to former VP/ Marketing DENNIS MANNION. RORY MCNEIL was promoted to Dir of Broadcasting & Video Services. McNeil was Dir of Sales. KURT FUNK will also oversee Merchandising in addition to his current duties as Dir of Events (Phillies)....WorldLink has promoted former FSN Account Exec MEHRANZ ISSARI to VP/Sales from Dir of Sales (WorldLink)....FLOYD PATTERSON resigned as NY State Athletic Commissioner, "ending a tenure clouded by bizarre comments that fed speculation his fighting days had severely damaged his memory" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/2).