SBD/December 19, 2012/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

NASCAR named Nationwide Series Dir JOE BALASH Int'l Competition Liaison. The position will be the point of contact for competition-related matters with the NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the Euro Racecar, NASCAR Touring Series and other int'l competitions and series in which NASCAR may be involved. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Dir WAYNE AUTON will succeed Balash. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series Dir & Racing Development Dir CHAD LITTLE will step into Auton's former role. NASCAR also named Canadian Tire Series Dir BRAD MORAN NASCAR Touring Series Dir. NASCAR also announced VP & CAO ED BENNETT has been promoted to Senior VP. Brand, Consumer and Series Marketing Managing Dir KIM BRINK, Racing Operations Managing Dir JIM CASSIDY and Entertainment Marketing Managing Dir ZANE STODDARD were promoted to VP. Bennett will continue to lead NASCAR's corporate administration (NASCAR).

EXECS: The PGA named Championships & Business Development Managing Dir KERRY HAIGH Chief Championships Officer (PGA)....The WNBA Mystics named MIKE THIBAULT head coach & GM (Mystics)....DDB Chicago named TBWA\Chiat\Day Group Account Dir MARK HANSEN, Account Management Dir. Since '09, Hansen has "managed accounts like Gatorade and Visa." DDB's accounts include State Farm, McDonald's, Mars and Safeway (ADWEEK.com, 12/18).   

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