SBD/February 2, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

The Harlem Globetrotters have hired Newsweek CMO ANGELA LEANEY as Exec VP/Brand Marketing, reporting to CEO KURT SCHNEIDER. Prior to Newsweek, Leaney served as Senior VP at Nickelodeon (Globetrotters)....Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has hired RAY FRAGER as Managing Editor for the network's digital media portfolio, including CSNWashington.com and CSNBaltimore.com. Frager previously served as a Web Content Producer & Editor for FoxSports.com (CSN)....Front Row Marketing Services has promoted VP/Project Management ERIC SMALLWOOD to Senior VP (Front Row)....Horizon Media has hired eFashionSolutions Business Development Marketing Dir DANIEL PARISE as Account Dir in Horizon's Sports Marketing Division (Horizon)....Russia Prime Minister VLADIMIR PUTIN has appointed SERGEI GAPLIKOV as head of construction for the '14 Sochi Games, "two weeks before athletes arrive for the first Olympic test events." Gaplikov, who previously served as a "deputy head of Putin's staff," replaces TAIMURAZ BOLLOYEV, who "stepped down for health reasons" (AP, 1/31)....Former MLB manager LOU PINIELLA is "joining the Giants as a special assistant" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/2)....The Montreal Impact hired MATT JORDAN as Dir of Soccer Operations (Impact).

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