SBD/Issue 25/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

Nike named WILLEM HAITINK VP & GM for Nike China; JIM GODBOUT VP & GM for Nike Japan; DAVIDE GRASSO VP for Asia Pacific Marketing; JOHN SLUSHER VP/Sports Marketing for both Asia Pacific and the Americas; and DEEDEE WILSON VP/Finance & CFO for the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region (Nike)....IMG named Interpublic Media CFO TERRI SANTISI Exec VP, CFO and Administrative Officer, reporting to Chair & CEO TED FORSTMANN (IMG)....The Bonham Group announced its expansion into Europe and named former O2 UK Head of Sponsorship PAUL SAMUELS CEO of The Bonham Group Europe (The Bonham Group)....The Athlete’s Foot named Hibbett Sporting Goods VP/Divisional Merchandise Manager MARK DOBBINS VP/GM (BRANDWEEK, 10/16 issue).

MEDIA: TBS promoted SAL PETRUZZI to Senior VP/PR for its Turner Ad Sales & Marketing unit, where his responsibilities will include PR and publicity efforts supporting Turner Sports (TBS)....Fox Sports Enterprises named JACK TROMPETER Dir of Sponsorship Sales for Pac-10 Properties (Fox Sports).

VENUE: Global Spectrum named TIM MURPHY VP & GM of the Wachovia Center and Wachovia Spectrum. Previously, Murphy was a Global Spectrum Regional VP (Global Spectrum)....Central Illinois Arena Management, which oversees operation of U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois, named BRYAN BLOODWORTH Dir of Media & PR (U.S. Cellular Coliseum).

OLYMPIC: The USOC named TIM WOOD Dir of Security Operations. Wood served as a Special Agent in the U.S. Secret Service for over 21 years (USOC)....CHEN GANG, the former Dir of Beijing’s Urban Planning Commission, “will apparently take over from” Beijing Vice Mayor LIU ZHIHUA, who “headed the construction team” for the ’08 Olympics. Zhihua was “sacked for alleged corruption in June, but BOCOG officials insisted that Olympic projects were not affected by the scandal” (AROUND THE RINGS, 10/13 issue).

FRANCHISE: MLB Giants head athletic trainer STAN CONTE, whose subpoena in April “represented the first time a Giants employee other than a player had been dragged into the BALCO saga,” has stepped down after 15 years with the team. In S.F., Henry Schulman notes Conte “had disagreements with management, largely revolving around BARRY BONDS.” Conte in ’00 “wanted [Greg] Anderson and the rest of Bonds’ group banned from the clubhouse, but team executives would not do it.” However, Conte said that “none of that played into his decision to leave” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/17)....The Yankees let go VP/Int’l Scouting LIN GARRETT, Coordinator of Pacific Rim Scouting JOHN COX, advance scouts CHUCK COTTIER and WADE TAYLOR and strength & conditioning coach JEFF MANGOLD (N.Y. POST, 10/17).

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