SBD/September 18, 2013/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

Major League Gaming has named Rockets GM DARYL MOREY to its BOD. Morey will aid MLG in its efforts to move the league and competitive gaming in general into more mainstream positions. "His experience in the NBA, emphasis on data and technology, and passion for video games, make him the perfect addition," said MLG co-Founder & CEO SUNDANCE DIGIOVANNI. MLG also hired GREG CHISHOLM as CFO and ALLEN DE LA CRUZ as Senior VP/Engineering. Chisholm previously was with McKinsey & Co., while De La Cruz was with Yahoo as lead engineer and architect of its video player platform (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).

SWITCHING FIELDS: MLS Chivas USA yesterday named ARTURO GALVEZ President & Chief Business Officer. He replaces JOSE DAVID (MLSSOCCER.com, 9/17). David was named to the post last October and "oversaw an offseason overhaul of the roster and coaching staff that brought the club closer to its Mexican roots." The movement "has been a source of controversy, with the organization facing discrimination lawsuits" (GOAL.com, 9/17).

EXECS: NASCAR Technical Institute promoted Community & Team Relations Dir JOHN DODSON to VP/NASCAR & Community Relations (THE DAILY)....The Baseball HOF promoted BRAD HORN to VP/Communications & Education, KEN MEIFERT to VP/Sponsorship & Development and ERIK STROHL to VP/Exhibitions & Collections (Fisher)....Priority Sports & Entertainment named VSA Partners Senior Writer CHRIS SILVA Dir of Communications & Brand Strategy. Silva previously worked for the Thunder and produced a blog for Thunder F KEVIN DURANT's personal website. He will be based out of Chicago (PSE)....Northern Illinois Univ. named Univ. of Wisconsin Dir of Development RYAN SEDEVIE Associate AD/Collegiate Advancement & External Affairs (NIU)....Sources said that former NBAer JARED JEFFRIES "has accepted" a scouting role with the Nuggets (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 9/17)....The Bulls promoted Special Assistant to the GM RANDY BROWN to Assistant GM and European scout IVICA DUKAN to Int'l Scouting Dir & Special Assistant to the GM (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 9/17)....The Single-A California League High Desert Mavericks named California-based Sports Syndicate agent RYAN COOK GM (Mavericks)....Rodale promoted MOLLY O'KEEFE to Publisher of Runner's World and Running Times and ZACK GRICE to Associate Publisher for Sales & Marketing for Bicycling magazine, both effective immediately (Rodale).

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