SBD/October 26, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

DONNA GOLDSMITH has quietly been named GM/Operations at the N.Y. 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee. Goldsmith was previously COO at WWE, where she worked from '00-11, also serving as Senior VP and Exec VP/Consumer Products. At the NBA, where she worked from '90-'01, Goldsmith was VP/Licensing (Terry Lefton, THE DAILY)....MLS Real Salt Lake have signed team President BILL MANNING to a new four-year deal that begins immediately. Terms of Manning's contract, which runs through June 30, 2015, were not disclosed. He was hired by the club in March '08 (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 10/26)....NBCUniversal is "shaking up its ad-sales ranks again, tapping top Turner Entertainment executive LINDA YACCARINO to head cable advertising." Sources said that Yaccarino, who announced Monday that she "would leave at the end of the year to pursue 'new professional opportunities,' will replace" NBCU President of Cable Entertainment & Digital Ad Sales DAVE CASSARO (, 10/25)....IMG named AIMEE LEONE VP/IMG Clients in both the Broadcasting and Speakers Divisions in N.Y. Leone most recently served as Dir of Operations & Special Assistant to the Chair of NBC Sports & Olympics (IMG ).

EXECS: ESPN named Amobee VP/Monetization & Marketing MICHAEL BAYLE Senior VP & GM of ESPN Mobile (ESPN).....Comcast-Spectacor named ROBERT JOHNSON VP/Marketing for the company's Philly Live complex. Johnson previously served as Marketing Dir for the Flyers, who are owned by Comcast-Spectacor (Comcast-Spectacor)....Nike named KEVIN KOMOS Direct to Consumer Global Merchandising Dir, effective Jan. 2 (THE DAILY)....The A's named Rays Dir of Baseball Operations DAN FEINSTEIN Dir of Pro Scouting & Baseball Development. The team also promoted Dir of Pro Scouting CHRIS PITTARO to Special Assistant to the GM (A's)....Bensussen Deutsch & Associates named REBECCA GERBER Dir of New Business Development (BDA).

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