SBD/January 11, 2013/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

Sony Open Tennis tournament Founder and Int'l Tennis HOFer BUTCH BUCHHOLZ “has been named tournament chairman for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral on March 6-10.” Buchholz’s role with the tournament “will be to raise the charitable impact, profile and entertainment and social atmosphere of the event.” Buchholz said, “We are going to bring fashion, music, business leaders and celebrities together to create events during tournament week that will make the Cadillac Championship one of the most desirable tickets to get here in the Miami area” (, 1/10).

EXECS: Former Deadspin Editor A.J. DAULERIO is leaving Gawker Media after a year as its Editor-In-Chief. He will be replaced by JOHN COOK (, 1/10)....Live Nation Entertainment named eBay Inc. Head of Federal Government Affairs BECKY RELIC Senior VP/Government Relations, in charge of federal, state and local government relations (POLITICO, 1/10)....Sonoma Raceway promoted VP/Ticket Sales & Customer Relations GARY PHILLIPS VP/Marketing (Sonoma)....Las Vegas Motor Speedway named JEFF FOSTER Operations Dir at The Strip. Foster will "oversee all day-to-day and competition related matters at The Strip" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/11)....The Automobile Racing Club of America named Monroe Evening News reporter DOUG DONNELLY Communications Dir (ARCA)....VenuWorks named Ralston Arena GM CURTIS WEBB Exec Dir of the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn. VenuWorks also named Cambria County War Memorial GM MICHAEL SILVA GM at the Convocation Center at California Univ. of Pennsylvania (VenuWorks)….Ohio Univ. named MATT BRODERS Assistant AD/Annual Giving (Ohio).

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