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  • Jets, Giants Hire Former AmEx Boss Al Kelly As CEO Of '14 Super Bowl

    Kelly to lead '14 Super
    Bowl Host Committee
    The Giants and Jets today announced that they have hired former American Express President AL KELLY as CEO of the New York/New Jersey 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee, according to Tom Rock of NEWSDAY. Kelly's role will be to "oversee the preparations for the first open-air, cold-weather Super Bowl in NFL history" (, 4/18). Kelly said that he was "attracted by the chance to help organize a game that last year became the most-watched television broadcast in U.S. history." Jets Owner WOODY JOHNSON, co-Chair of the Super Bowl Host Committee along with Giants Treasurer JONATHAN TISCH, said in a statement, "We believe we have secured one of the best minds in the business world to guide us as we set out on this historic endeavor." BLOOMBERG NEWS' Aaron Kuriloff notes Kelly resigned from AmEx in October '09 to "seek a top job at another company." Prior to his departure, he "rose to lead day-to-day operations for American Express’s consumer business, including credit cards, customer service and global banking, after starting at the company in 1987 in the strategic planning department" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 4/18).

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  • Executive Transactions

    SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Michael Smith reports former ISC Exec VP & COO ROGER VANDERSNICK is "joining IMG College in a high-ranking role to be determined." VanDerSnick will report to IMG College President BEN SUTTON. NASCAR Dir of Business Communications ANDREW GIANGOLA also will join IMG College as VP/Strategic Communications "later this month." Giangola "joined NASCAR in 2003" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 4/18 issue).

    EXECS: Titans GM MIKE REINFELDT "has been given an extension through 2014" (, 4/17)....The LSU Board of Supervisors Friday "agreed to add more years" to AD JOE ALLEVA's contract. The Board "approved extending Alleva's $550,000 annual contract an additional three years through June 2016." The deal "does not include any pay increase, but it does extend his buyout provisions" (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 4/16)....Daytona Int'l Speedway has promoted Dir of Marketing JULIE GIESE to Senior Dir of Marketing; Dir of Ticketing KARI GRITTON to Senior Dir of Ticketing; and Dir of PR LENNY SANTIAGO to Senior Dir of PR (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 4/16)....Fox Sports has hired ERIC WILLIAMSON as Senior Account Exec for FS South and SportSouth. Williamson previously sold advertising for Peachtree TV (Fox Sports).

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