SBD/March 27, 2012/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

ESPN Int’l named ARNE REES VP/Int’l Digital Media. He will be based in N.Y. and report to Exec VP & Managing Dir RUSSELL WOLFF. Most recently, Rees was ESPN VP and Assistant to the President, working directly with GEORGE BODENHEIMER. Rees joined the company in ’06 as VP/Int’l Development (ESPN)….FS South and SportSouth named Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic VP/Advertising MARC LESAGE VP & General Sales Manager (FSN).

FOOT PATROL: adidas AG promoted VP/Finance & Global Sales CLAUS HECKEROTT to adidas Group India Managing Dir. Heckerott replaces SUBHINDER SINGH PREM, who “has left the company with immediate effect.” adidas Group India COO VISHNU BHAGAT has “also left with immediate effect.” FREDERIC SERRANT was also named Sales Dir for the group. Serrant previously held the same position for adidas in France (WSJ.com, 3/26)….Louisville Slugger parent company Hillerich & Bradsby Co. named Under Armour Senior Dir of Global Footwear Sourcing & Product Development CHARLIE BROWN VP/Global Supply Chain & Sourcing. Brown also spent 28 years at Nike. The company also promoted TERRY NELSON to Treasurer/Controller (Hillerich & Bradsby).

HOSTS WITH THE MOST: ’12 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee President & CEO ALLISON MELANGTON will succeed SUSAN WILLIAMS as Indiana Sports Corp. President. Williams “plans to retire in September after leading the ISC since 2005.” Melangton spent 14 years at Indiana Sports Corp. before taking the helm of the Super Bowl committee (IBJ.com, 3/23)….The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee named utility company Salt River Project President DAVID ROUSSEAU Chair. Rousseau replaces MIKE KENNEDY, who is “stepping down after more than seven years” (AZCENTRAL.com, 3/26).

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