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Hulman & Co. today named Indianapolis Super Bowl Chair MARK MILES its new CEO. The move puts Miles, who spent 14 years as ATP CEO and chaired the '12 Super Bowl Host Committee, in charge of the company’s holdings that include Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar and the Clabber Girl baking powder brand. JEFF BELSKUS, who was named Hulman CEO last year, will relinquish that position but continue to serve as Hulman & Co. President, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President & CEO and interim IndyCar CEO. Both will remain members of the Hulman & Co. BOD. Hulman & Co. board member JACK SNYDER said, "The combined talent and experience these two possess will create a new responsive and energized management structure.” Miles said that he will not be hands on with day-to-day management, but believes he can use his experience overseeing the ATP to help the motorsports business. He added, “Like many Hoosiers, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar are a treasured parts of our heritage. ... We have a remarkable opportunity with a remarkable, global brand. That’s why when I was approached by the board ... they had my attention immediately.” Miles said that the current strategy review of Hulman & Co.’s business by Boston Consulting Group “will sharpen our strategy and focus” and make it clear how they can grow the sport and business in the future. Miles reiterated that the IndyCar Series is not for sale. He added, “We think it’s so important that the most powerful event on the schedule and the series are marketed, promoted ... together.” Miles grew up in Indiana and graduated from Wabash College. He most recently served as CEO of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Inc., a regional non-profit. He lives in Indianapolis. Belskus has been with Hulman & Co. for 25 years.
FREEING UP BELSKUS: Belskus said that Miles focusing on Hulman & Co.'s broader issues will free him up to focus on the speedway and IndyCar Series. He added, “I’ve spent a lot of time the last three weeks engaging and working with team owners, promoters and sponsors. We have a lot of good things ahead of us. The plan for 2013, a lot of it has been launched already with our schedule, but we have other issues and things we need to deal with and in the weeks to come we’ll be providing clarity on things like Lotus.”
The NBA has hired MICHAEL WANDELL as VP/Marketing Partnerships. Wandell will be based out of NBA China’s Beijing office and will report to NBA China Senior VP/Business Development & Marketing Partnerships DAVID YANG. Wandell currently is Bobcats Senior VP/Corporate Partnerships and will leave the position on Nov. 30. He will join the NBA on Jan. 10. Wandell has worked for the Bobcats since August '09. Prior to the Bobcats, he worked for the Suns. “I am incredibly excited about the opportunity ahead,” Wandell said. “China is the center of the global economy and one of the most important markets for the NBA.” Also on the league’s global business front, the NBA announced today that it renewed its longtime partnership with CCTV with a multiyear deal that includes live and tape-delayed NBA games as well as a weekly NBA show.
Front Row Marketing Services named General Sports & Entertainment Exec VP LEE STACEY to the new position of Senior VP/Sales & Marketing (FRMS)....ONE Media Corp. named former Univision Sports President SANDY BROWN ONE World Sports President & CEO (ONE Media Corp.). Brown stepped down from his position at Univision in March (THE DAILY)….Ohio State Univ. promoted College of Arts & Sciences Senior Dir of Development & Alumni Relations DAN CLORAN to Exec Associate AD/Development (THELANTERN.com, 11/18)….Corban Univ. AD DAVE JOHNSON has resigned from his position (Corban)….The Indiana State Univ. Foundation named PHIL NESS Associate VP/Development & Athletics (ISU).
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ADWEEK named Scout Sports & Entertainment Associate Managing Dir DAN PARISE a Media All-Star (ADWEEK, 11/19 issue)….Disney President & CEO ROBERT IGER recently sold $47.4M in stock, netting about $17.9M “after factoring in the cost of exercising options on 1 million shares” (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 11/16)….Gold Medal-winning U.S. swimmer MISSY FRANKLIN was in N.Y. yesterday for the Golden Goggles, USA Swimming’s annual awards banquet, and “won female athlete of the year honors.” Gold Medal-winning and retired U.S. swimmer MICHAEL PHELPS “earned male athlete of the year” (AP, 11/19).