SBD/January 24, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

The NFL has promoted VP/Government Relations & Public Policy JEFF MILLER to Senior VP/Government Affairs (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/24 issue)....The LPGA has hired ED WILLETT to lead the tour's business development efforts, reporting to CMO JON PODANY. Willett previously spent nine years at ESPN before moving to Quick Hit Inc. in '09. He later moved to media and sponsorship consulting firm Kaleidoscope Sports & Entertainment, where he "led the sales efforts." Willett starts this week at LPGA HQs in Daytona Beach (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/24 issue)....Red Sox VP/Client Partnerships TROUP PARKINSON will now lead the team's sponsorship sales efforts following the departure of Senior VP/Corporate Sales JOE JANUSZEWSKI to the MLB Rangers. Fenway Sports Group Senior VP/National Sales FRANK HUCKABONE will assume additional responsibilities within that operation for New England Sports Ventures (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).

EXECS: The Dolphins have signed GM JEFF IRELAND to a multiyear contract extension (Dolphins)....ESPN Star Sports has hired COLIN SHERRIFF as VP/Operations & Technology, effective today. Sherriff will report to ESPN Star Sports Managing Dir MANU SAWHNEY (ESPN Star Sports)....The New Haven Open at Yale has promoted DANA CIALFI to Tournament Manager, ELIZA FOLSOM to Corporate Sales & Services Manager, SCOTT KURLANSKY to Corporate Partnerships Manager and MEGAN AXTELL to Consumer Sales & Marketing Manager (New Haven Open)....STR Marketplace has hired Hexagroup Senior Software Developer RAY ADAMS as Dir of Website Development & Technology. STR also hired JASON HENSLEY as Marketplace Coordinator (STR)....The Triple-A PCL Nashville Sounds have promoted Dir of Operations & Communications DOUG SCOPEL to Assistant GM and Senior Corporate Account Exec DARREN FELLER to Dir of Corporate Sales. The Sounds also have hired the following: CLIFF MCARDLE as Marketing & Advertising Manager, JANELL BULLOCK as Merchandise Manager, MICHAEL BIGLEY as Community Outreach Coordinator, MIKE SIMONSON as Stadium Operations Coordinator, C.J. RECHER as Account Exec, KEVIN SAMBORSKI as Account Exec and AMANDA ZUZIK as Account Exec (Sounds).

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