SBD/Issue 88/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

Darby Will Oversee Officials, Focus On 
Technical Aspect Of Sport In New Role   
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dir JOHN DARBY is leaving his position "for a new managerial role at NASCAR." Darby, who has held the job since '02, "will not leave until his replacement is fully trained" (, 1/19). In his new role, Darby will oversee the "officials in all three of NASCAR's national series, as well as focus on the technical aspects of the sport." The news "surprised many in the industry" at the Sprint Cup Series media tour (AP, 1/19). The move is "in line with the spirit of change that's coursing through" NASCAR, as it is "trying a lot of things to jump-start the series and this could be another one of those moves" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/20).

EXECS: The Competitor Group (CGI) promoted COO SCOTT DICKEY to President. He assumes the title from President & CEO PETER ENGLEHART, who will remain CEO. Dickey joined the CGI BOD upon the company's inception and became COO in '08. He also serves as an Operating Partner for CGI parent company, Falconhead Capital. Prior to joining CGI, Dickey served as Transworld Media President (CGI)....Golf Channel promoted VP/Marketing & Brand Management REGINA O'BRIEN to Senior VP/Marketing. O'Brien will lead all the marketing and promotional efforts for the network and its new media businesses, including (Golf Channel)...The Electric Beverage Company named Pro Football HOFer LAWRENCE TAYLOR Exec VP (THE DAILY)....The CFL Calgary Stampeders named LYLE BAUER President & COO, replacing SCOTT ACKLES, who stepped down to become Chair of the '11 Grey Cup (Stampeders)….The Padres named RANDY SMITH Dir of Player Development (Padres)….The D'Backs named KRISTINE HEDLUND Dir of Community Affairs. Hedlund is the former Publisher of Phoenix Woman Magazine (, 1/18)….The Nets announced assistant coach TOM BARRISE will move to the front office as Special Assistant to the President (Nets)….The MLS Portland Timbers named GAVIN WILKINSON Technical Dir (Portland OREGONIAN, 1/18)….The Triple-A Int’l League Gwinnett Braves named NORTH JOHNSON GM, replacing BRUCE BALDWIN, who stepped down in October after 23 seasons with the team (Braves).

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