SBD/Issue 136/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

LSU named JOE ALLEVA AD, replacing SKIP BERTMAN on a yet to be determined date. Alleva, who has been Duke's AD since '98, was in charge of the program during the '06 Duke lacrosse case. He was chosen from a group of four finalists, including Kentucky Deputy AD ROB MULLENS and LSU Senior Associate ADs VERGE AUSBERRY and HERB VINCENT (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 4/5).

EXECS: NHL Exec VP/Communications & Brand Strategy KAREN DURKIN is leaving the league to become Women's Sports Foundation CEO. In her new role, Durkin will "help fill the void after DONNA LOPIANO left in August after 15 years at the helm" of the foundation (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 4/7 issue)....The NLL Boston Blazers have hired Doug Reffue as President. Reffue formerly was Dir of Brand Management for Yankee Candle Co., and before that served in a similar role for Brine Inc. (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal)....Golf 20/20 has named USGA Chief Business Officer PETE BEVACQUA to its BOD (THE DAILY)....Fox Interactive Media (FIM) named Exec VP/Technology & Production ADAM BAIN to Fox Interactive Media Network President (FIM)....Comcast SportsNet Bay Area has promoted TOM PELLACK to VP/Marketing & Creative Services and JEN FRANKLIN to Dir of Marketing & Interactive Communications (CSN)....Former Tallahassee Sports Council Dir JOHN CITRON has joined The Greater Springfield Area Sports Commission as Exec Dir (Springfield)....The Trail Blazers hired JAMIE KELLER to an inside sales position (Game Face).

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