SBD/September 8, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

GroupM named JOHN KRISTICK Global CEO of GroupM Entertainment & Sports Partnerships. Kristick, who most recently served as Premier Partnerships Managing Dir, will be based in N.Y. and will report to GroupM Global CEO IRWIN GOTLIEB (GroupM)....JUMA Entertainment named IMG Senior VP/Business Affairs PETER DEVITA to the newly created position of COO. DeVita will help open JUMA's N.Y. offices next month (JUMA)....The WWE Studios promoted Exec VP & General Counsel MICHAEL LUISI to President, succeeding MIKE PAVONE, who served as Exec VP until his resignation last month  (LATIMES.com, 9/7)....KMPG's SCOTT LONDON has been elected Chair of the L.A. Sports Council's BOD, succeeding ALAN ROTHENBERG, who had held the position for the past nine years (L.A. Sports Council)....Warriors Dir of Basketball Operations KIRK LACOB has been named GM of the team's NBA D-League affiliate, the Dakota Wizards (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/8)....The Big South Conference named MATT VANSANDT Assistant Dir of Marketing (Big South).

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