SBD/Issue 175/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

IMG promoted IMG Sports & Entertainment CMO ROBERT BIRGE to IMG Worldwide CMO (IMG).

IN TIME: Time Warner promoted HBO COO BILL NELSON to CEO, succeeding former Chair & CEO CHRIS ALBRECHT, who left the net last month after being charged with assaulting his girlfriend. HBO also promoted execs HAROLD AKSELRAD, ERIC KESSLER and RICHARD PLEPLER to the new positions of co-President (Mult., 6/6).

EXECS: TicketsNow named former Expedia Corporate Travel President CHERYL ROSNER President & CEO, replacing Founder MIKE DOMEK, who will remain Chair (TicketsNow)....Joost named MIKE VOLPI CEO, replacing FREDRIK DE WAHL, who remains as Chief Strategy Officer.  Volpi was most recently Senior VP & GM for Cisco's routing and service provider technology (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 6/6)....EA named former Activision exec KATHY VRABECK President of the newly-formed EA Casual Entertainment (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/6)....Puma announced Esprit Int’l Product Dir Women MELODY HARRIS-JENSBACH will be appointed to Puma’s Board of Management, effective January 1. Harris-Jensbach will be responsible on the board for product, product development, design, business unit management and worldwide sourcing for Puma Retail Business, replacing the retiring MARTIN GAENSLER (Puma)....Butler Univ. named TOM CROWLEY Associate AD (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 6/5)....Game Face named STEPHEN MASTERSON Placement Manager. Most recently, Masterson was Candidate Generation Specialist for KForce Professional Staffing, and prior to that, served in the AFL's communications department (Game Face).

FRANCHISE: The Trail Blazers named Bucks Dir of PR CHERI HANSON VP/Communications (Trail Blazers).  The Bucks promoted PR Manager DAN SMYCZEK to Dir of PR, replacing Hanson (Bucks)....The Penguins named RON PORTER Senior Consultant, serving as a liaison between the team and residents and businesses of the Hill District, where a new arena will be constructed for the team. Porter is a resident of the Hill District (, 6/5).

MEDIA: Blood-Horse Publications named RALPH WEICKEL Dir of Advertising. Previously, Weickel was Principal & Owner of Lexington, KY-based Performance Management LLC, a consulting and training company he founded in ’98 (Blood-Horse)....AllStarStats/Rotoworld named RICK CORDELLA Coordinating Producer & GM of AllStarStats and announced an expanded role for RICK WOLF beyond AllStarStats/Rotoworld to help in NBC Sports and Olympics (THE DAILY)....FSN named MATT GUBBA and JULIE LEHR Account Execs and DANIELLE IMLER Traffic Assistant. Most recently, Gubba was at Clear Channel Radio where he was an Account Exec for Pittsburgh’s WXDX-FM. Lehr worked in sales and marketing at Duquesne Univ. and Nationwide Insurance (FSN)....Takkle, a social network for high school sports, named MIKEY POWELL to its Board of Advisors (Takkle).

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