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SBD/Issue 41/Sports Industrialists
Published November 11, 2008
IMG Senior VP/Men's Tennis GAVIN FORBES has been elected the North American tournament representative on the ATP World Tour board. He replaces Pacific Life Open co-Founder CHARLIE PASARELL, who had held that slot since the ATP's inception in '90. There are seven members of the board: three tournament reps, three player reps and the ATP CEO. The ATP at its board meetings in Shanghai, China, this week is expected to narrow down the list of names to replace outgoing Exec Chair & President ETIENNE DE VILLIERS (Daniel Kaplan, SportsBusiness Journal).
FRANCHISES: The Padres promoted VP & Senior Advisor DAVE WINFIELD to Exec VP & Senior Advisor, Special Assistant for Baseball Operations PAUL DEPODESTA Exec VP/Baseball Operations and Assistant GM FRED UHLMAN JR. to VP & Assistant GM (Padres)....The Brewers named West Coast Crosschecker BRUCE SEID Dir of Amateur Scouting & Midwest Crosschecker RAY MONTGOMERY Assistant Dir of Amateur Scouting (Brewers)....The Pirates named Tigers West Coast Crosschecker JOE FERRONE Special Assistant to GM NEAL HUNTINGTON (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 11/11)....The NHL Predators named JESSICA JONES Corporate Communications Coordinator (THE DAILY).
EXECS: Playmakers Media Corp., the media sales agent for the Yankees' official team publications, named PETER MASON VP/Partnership Marketing. Mason previously ran retail marketing for Arena Media Networks (Playmakers)....The USTA named USTA BOD member DR. BRIAN HAINLINE to the newly created position of Chief Medical Officer (USTA)....USTA Elite Player Development named JAY BERGER Head of Men's Tennis and OLA MALMQVIST Head of Women's Tennis (TENNISWEEK.com, 11/6)....The La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California, named former ATPer TOM GORMAN Dir of Tennis (La Quinta)....Hendrick Motorsports named LAURA SCOTT Media Relations Rep. Scott will work with driver DALE EARNHARDT JR.'s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team (Hendrick)....The WHL Portland Winter Hawks named former Hurricanes Exec VP/Business Operations DOUG PIPER President (Portland OREGONIAN, 11/11).
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