SBD/December 20, 2012/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

MLS Fire President JULIAN POSADA is "out" after two years on the job. Posada will "serve as a team consultant in 2013." Fire COO ATUL KHOSLA will "continue overseeing the day-to-day business operations" while Andell Sports Group Managing Dir JAVIER LEON, whose company owns the team, will "run the club's soccer operations" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/20). Owner ANDREW HAUPTMAN said that Posada's responsibilities will be "divided" between Kholsa and Leon (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 12/19).

EXECS: The Triple-A Pacific Coast League Round Rock Express named JILL CACIC Communications Dir, STUART SCALLY Senior Account Exec, COREY WOODS Dell Diamond Stadium Maintenance Manager, JULIANA BENAVIDES and LINDSEY GORDON Account Execs and WHITNEY RHODEN Marketing Coordinator (Round Rock Express)....The WTA promoted Chief Administrative Officer MATTHEW CENEDELLA to COO, Senior Dir of Player Relations & Player Development ASHLEY KEBER to VP/Player Relations & Player Development, Dir of Sponsorship Marketing EMILY WRIGHT to Senior Dir of Sponsorship Marketing, MELISSA PINE to WTA Events Dir and trainer EVA SCHEUMANN to Sports Sciences & Medicine Operations Manager (WTA)....Firestone announced Exec Dir of Motorsports AL SPEYER will "retire from his post" in '13 (SPEEDTV.com, 12/18).  

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