SBD/Issue 14/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

Higgins Leaving Olympic
Delivery Authority

Olympic Delivery Authority CEO DAVID HIGGINS is leaving the organization to become CEO of Network Rail. Higgins will "leave in February with 18 months still to go until the Opening Ceremony in 2012" (GUARDIAN, 9/29)….The USOC named USA Weightlifting CEO RICK ADAMS Dir of NGB Organizational Development. He will report to the USOC executive office (USOC)….Int'l sports exec PHILIPPE LE FLOC'H has joined CAA to lead the agency's new business efforts in the Middle East and Asia. Most recently, Le Floc'h was Marketing Dir for UEFA (CAA).

FRANCHISES: MELISSA RENTZ was appointed VP/Marketing for the Wizards and WNBA Mystics. For the past three years, Rentz was Dir of Advertising & Branding for the Texans and sister company, Lone Star Entertainment (Wizards)….The Brewers named DICK GROCH Special Assistant to GM DOUG MELVIN for Pro Scouting & Player Personnel, ZACK MINASIAN Dir of Pro Scouting and KARL MUELLER Dir of Video Scouting & Baseball Research for Pro Scouting (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 9/29).

EXECS: Subway promoted PAUL BAMUNDO to Dir of Sports Marketing & PR. He will manage sports property partnerships for the company and will be in charge of all consumer-facing PR efforts (Subway)….ISP Sports promoted Marketing Assistant ASHLEIGH WADDLE to Account Exec of the Virginia Tech ISP Sports Network. The company also named the following: ESPN Audio Account Exec MIKE JONES Associate GM for Razorback Sports Properties; Lincoln Financial Group Senior Financial Analyst JIGAR DESAI Conference Business Manager; LESLIE MONTEITH Accounting Assistant; KATIE BLOUIN Marketing Assistant for Gamecock Sports Properties; and ANGIE NESS Assistant GM for the Sun Devil ISP Sports Network (ISP Sports)….GU Energy Labs named REID SWANSON Dir of Sales and TORY JACKSON Business Development Manager (GU Energy Labs).

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