SBD/Issue 48/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

LPGA Elects Ponturo (seen here with golfer Cristie
Kerr And Commissioner Marty Evans) To Its BOD
The LPGA BOD has elected Ponturo Management Group CEO TONY PONTURO to a three-year term. The remaining independent BOD members for '10 are Chair DAWN HUDSON, Commissioner MICHAEL WHAN, Perennial Capital Advisors founder LESLIE GREIS, former LPGA CMO BILL SUSETKA and LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals President DANA RADER. Two other independent directors will be added at a later date. Player members include President MICHELLE ELLIS, VP SHERRI STEINHAUER, KATIE FUTCHER, KIM HALL, HELEN ALFREDSSON, PAT HURST and STACY PRAMMANASUDH (Jon Show, SportsBusiness Journal)....The LPGA State Farm Classic named AUDRA BURKS Dir of Sales & Marketing for the tournament to develop new sales and sponsorship opportunities, effective in January. Burks plans to retire from full-time play on the LPGA tour at the end of this season (State Farm Classic).

MEDIA: The Chicago Sun-Times named MLB writer CHRIS DE LUCA its new sports editor, effective immediately. De Luca joined the paper in '96 and has been its national MLB writer since '04. He replaces STU COURTNEY, who left earlier this month to oversee the Chicago Tribune's sports Web site (Sun-Times)....Golf Digest Publications named TOM BAIR VP & Publishing Dir, effective immediately. Bair will be responsible for both Golf Digest and Golf World and oversee all sales and marketing activities for both brands. Bair was named Golf Digest VP & Publisher in June '04 (Golf Digest Publications)....GARY GINSBERG, a "long-time RUPERT MURDOCH confidante," will leave his position as News Corp. Exec VP/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications "at the end of the year." Ginsberg joined the company in January '99 (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 11/16)

EXECS: The Red Sox have promoted KATIE HAAS to Dir of Florida Operations, and she will be moving to Fort Myers at the end of the month. Her last day at Fenway Park will be Friday. Haas had been Special Assistant to Senior VP/Business Affairs (THE DAILY)....Strategic named CHAD MANCINI Account Dir. Most recently, Mancini was at GMR Marketing where he handled the MillerCoors account (Strategic)….Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course named STEPHEN TIMMS Promotions & Marketing Coordinator, STEVE BECKMAN Accounting Manager and JONI MCLAUGHLIN Controller (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course)....The Class-A Midwest League Wisconsin Timber Rattlers named CAMERON WENGRZYN Production Manager & Marketing Assistant and RYAN CUNNIFF Corporate Sales Manager (Rattlers)....Learfield Sports appointed MOLLY ARBOGAST National Accounts Manager for the Northeast Region, working in the company's Penn State Properties office in Philadelphia. Previously, Arbogast served as WNBA VP/Business Development (Learfield).

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