SBD/Issue 43/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

Klein Steps Down From
Burger King Post
Burger King Global Global Marketing, Strategy & Innovation President RUSS KLEIN has stepped down from the company "for personal reasons." Burger King Europe, Middle East & Africa President PETER ROBINSON "will oversee global marketing while the company conducts a search for his replacement" (, 11/10).

COLLEGES: Univ. of New Orleans (UNO) interim AD MICHAEL BUJOL yesterday informed his staff that he "has stepped down after less than four months on the job and is retiring." UNO officials "were mum on whether Bujol's replacement will be interim or permanent." Bujol said that the school "has yet to receive any donations from Hornets owner GEORGE SHINN after Shinn pledged in May to help the athletic department financially." Hornets Senior Dir of Communications HAROLD KAUFMAN said that Shinn and the Hornets "have no plans of backing out of their pledge to financially aid UNO's athletic program" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 11/11)....The Northeast Conference (NEC) named NOREEN MORRIS Commissioner, with Morris assuming her duties January 4, 2010. Morris, who spent the past five years as a member of the Northwestern Univ. Athletic Department, succeeds BRENDA WEARE, who "passed away in June following a long battle with cancer" (NEC)

EXECS: The 76ers named MARK GULLETT VP/Marketing. Gullett held the same role for the Lightning for nine seasons (THE DAILY)....Indianapolis Motor Speedway Dir of PR RON GREEN yesterday was released from his position "as part of what is expected to be a significant staff reduction" at the track. Green spent 11 years with the IRL and IMS, "often serving as an official spokesman for the companies" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 11/11)....The Bowling Foundation (TBF) BOD voted to dissolve the current structure, effective December 31, 2009. Exec Dir TROY GREISEN "stepped down immediately following the vote" while Program Coordinator JENNIFER LEE "will remain as a paid staff member" (BPAA)….The MLB Rangers named SCOTT LITTLEFIELD Special Assistant in baseball operations, where his responsibilities will be concentrated on scouting. Littlefield was most recently the National Crosschecker for the Padres and is the brother of former Pirates GM DAVE LITTLEFIELD (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/10).

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