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Executive Transactions

The NBA named KIKI VANDEWEGHE VP/Basketball Operations, effective April 1. VanDeWeghe will be involved in the development of playing rules and interpretations; game analytics; disciplinary matters; and policies and procedures relating to the operation of NBA games. He previously was Nuggets GM from '01-06, Nets GM from '07-10 (NBA).

EXECS: The Islanders promoted MIKE BOSSY to VP/Corporate Sponsorship & Partnership Marketing (Islanders)....Independent baseball team operator Salvi Sports named Double-A Texas League Arkansas Travelers GM PETE LAVEN President. Laven will oversee each of Salvi's four franchises (Salvi Sports)....Experiential marketing firm Engine Shop named Agassi Enterprises and Prism Sports Manaement Exec VP CHRIS HANDY Chief Business Officer (Engine Shop)....Keeneland Communications Dir JULIE BALOG will step down following the track's spring meet to become YMCA of Central Kentucky VP/Marketing & Communications. Balog has been with Keeneland since '99 (, 3/20)....The NASCAR Foundation elected ISC Vice Chair & CEO LESA FRANCE KENNEDY and Jon Hall Automotive Group/Ritchey Autos Southeast Automotive Management President & CEO GLENN RITCHEY to its BOD (NASCAR)....The U.S. Soccer Foundation named NBC Sports Ventures Senior VP ROB SIMMELKJAER to its BOD (USSF).

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