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Coca-Cola VP/Global Partnerships & Experiential Marketing SCOTT MCCUNE, the company's longtime global sports and entertainment exec, will be leaving after the '14 Sochi Games. McCune on Thursday told staff of the decision. He plans to start his own consulting business that will advise properties and brands on expanding their businesses, serving clients and engaging consumers worldwide. He will continue to serve on the boards of Gannett Co., the College Football HOF and the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Coca-Cola VP/Global Alliances & Ventures EMMANUEL SEUGE will succeed McCune in overseeing the company’s Olympic and FIFA World Cup marketing efforts. McCune spent the last 16 years overseeing Coca-Cola’s global marketing around the Olympics and World Cup. He managed the marketing strategy prior to the '08 Beijing Games that helped the company move from the No. 3 brand to No. 1 in China and led a push to increase the number of markets that used '12 London Olympics promotions from 60 to 110. He also helped the company secure the rights to the World Cup trophy tour in '06, a new platform that Coke uses to promote its soccer sponsorship worldwide. Coca-Cola Senior VP/Integrated Marketing & Communications WENDY CLARK in an internal memo distributed to staff wrote, “Among his many accomplishments, Scott and his teams were responsible for transforming how the company leverages Strategic Partnerships like the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup into Global Platforms that drive our business around the world.”
Time Warner Cable Deportes is approaching its one-year anniversary on the air, and network VP PABLO F. URQUIZA has been busy with the rest of the El Segundo, Calif.-based staff preparing a year-in-review special to air on the Spanish-language RSN Oct. 1. Between the network's production and coverage of Lakers and MLS Galaxy games, there is not a lot of downtime for Urquiza, who has been with TWC Deportes since its creation in '11. But no matter what the season, Urquiza always finds time to enjoy his favorite passions on the weekend -- soccer, wine and Sunday night TV.
VERY SUPERSTITIOUS: The team that I follow in the Premier League, which is Manchester City, whenever my team plays during the weekend, I wake up early that day just to watch them. This Saturday, Manchester City plays at 7:00am (PT) and I will wake up at 6:45 on Saturday just to watch the game. My wife hates that because I will wake her up because I scream, “Goal, goal!” every time the team scores. But that’s one thing I always do. I always sit in the same spot in the sofa and I always have -- my second-screen experience is my iPad for Twitter -- I always put my iPad in the same position on the armrest. I always have my iPad there in one way. And I’m so crazy about soccer, if the game is exciting sometimes I watch the game standing up the whole time.
GETTING HIS KICKS: I am very involved with youth soccer and I work with AYSO, the American Youth Soccer Organization. I’m in charge of the whole (Southern California) region, which is from Playa del Rey all the way to Inglewood. We have almost 1,500 kids playing soccer every weekend during the fall. On the weekend, since I’m in charge of the region, I have to be available for issues or coach my kids’ team or be there at the field with parents who have concerns or whatever. We have games from U5, which is 4-year-old kids, all the way to U19 which is 18 year olds. We have games on Saturday from 9:00am all the way to 6:00pm and then Sundays from 9:00am all the way to 5:00pm. I coach my boy, PABLO’s team. He’s 8 years old. My girl, LOURDES, is 13 and old enough to have another coach. But that’s a big deal to me. I’m so grateful to this country for everything it has given me and I just find it to be a very small way of giving back for the kids and the community.
TASTE TEST: On Saturday afternoons, I’m big time into wine, so I like to do wine hunting. I go to different stores, I take two hours or so just for me, and I go to different stores in L.A. I like to find different wines, see what they have and try them all and talk to people who know more about them than me. So I go wine hunting every weekend. I like red wine. My favorite is Malbec from Argentina, of course. But I also like Pinot Noirs from Santa Barbara, too.
FLAVOR OF THE WEEK: On Sundays, we have our things that we do as a family. Sunday morning we go to church and then at noon we like to visit an Argentinean restaurant. ... We like beef empanadas or chicken empanadas or spinach empanadas. Those are big with my kids, it’s their favorite food. Also, Argentina food is big on red meat, and I’m past 40 now so I don’t need that much red meat anymore, but at least once a week we try to eat some skirt steak, which in Argentina we call entrana. But my kids love empanadas and that’s basically the reason we go to all these restaurants, to eat empanadas. For dessert, dulce de leche is an Argentinean invention. Anything that has dulce de leche, my kids and I, we love that. We usually have dulce de leche crepes or flan with dulce de leche.
SCREEN TIME: Usually Sunday afternoon and evenings I like to take three or four hours to watch TV with my wife or movies with my kids. That’s a very cool way to end a weekend. I always look for foreign movies. I like Italian or Spanish or French movies. That’s usually the first choice. But I am absolutely in love with Showtime and AMC and what they’re doing. Sometimes I’m asking myself if there’s a reason we go to the movies anymore because the quality of “MAD MEN” and “BREAKING BAD” and “RAY DONOVAN” or “NURSE JACKIE” and “DEXTER.” It’s just unbelievable. Those shows are just incredible to watch with the storytelling. The cool thing in my household is we have the ability of jumping from English to Spanish and vice versa. We always make a point, my wife and I, with our kids whenever we can we try to watch a Spanish-language TV series for the kids to get into a habit of not losing the language.
The Warriors on Thursday announced promotions for several members of their front office. The club promoted JOHN BEAVEN to VP/Ticket Sales; JEFF ADDIEGO to Senior Dir of Youth Basketball; NICK BISHO to Senior Dir of Suites & Hospitality Solutions; KEVIN COTE to Senior Dir of Digital Marketing; CHRIS MURPHY to Senior Dir of Group Sales; ARI GLICK to Senior Manager of Digital Content; MARISOL MALDONADO to Senior Manager of HR; ALICIA SMITH to Senior Manager of Game Operations; MARIA VALDEHUEZA to Manager of Group Sales; BEN DRAA to Manager of Finance & Development; TONY MELENDEZ to Manager of Youth Basketball; ANDREW ROSSI and JAKE YOUNG to Premium Sales Account Execs; ANTHONY SILVA to Senior Coordinator of Ticket Operations; STACEY BACA and DANIELLE HALLAM to Senior Account Services Execs; AARON LEAVITT, CLAY BIGGERSTAFF and EVAN HOWARD to Season Ticket Account Execs; JANET FONG to Coordinator of Digital Content; and BEN CLARFIELD to Coordinator of Youth Basketball (Warriors).
EXECS: Columbia Sportswear named Billabong GM of Europe FRANCO FOGLIATO Senior VP/Europe, reporting directly to President & CEO TIM BOYLE, effective Nov. 4 (Columbia)....USL Pro club Sacramento Republic FC named NBA Kings Dir of Business Development & Corporate Partnerships BRENT SASAKI VP/Corporate Partnerships (Republic)....Wake Forest Univ. named Winston-Salem-based First Community Bank President SKIP BROWN Assistant AD/Student-Athlete Development & Operations Finance (WFU).
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Capitals LW ALEX OVECHKIN announced Thursday on Twitter “that he will make the trip to Olympia, Greece to be the first Russian to carry the Olympic torch after it is lit there Sunday.” Ovechkin after a Capitals practice said, “It’s a very big honor for me to be the first guy.” Ovechkin “is the face of Russian hockey and he will be showcased throughout the 2014 Sochi Olympics.” He was “originally invited by the Russian Federation to participate in the torch lighting ceremony in August, but knew that his attendance couldn’t take away from his responsibilities with the Capitals” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 9/26).
BIG BIRD: The Pacers have commissioned “a massive bronze statue” of President of Basketball Operations and Basketball HOFer LARRY BIRD. The statue “will be unveiled at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Oct. 29” to coincide with the Pacers’ home opener. The “final resting place” for the statue will be Bird’s home town of Terre Haute, Ind. (IBJ.com, 9/25). Meanwhile, Bird has “put his fancy Florida mansion on the market,” with the home in Naples listed for $4.8M (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/27).
LEGAL WRANGLING: A New York state judge on Thursday ruled that Barclays Center developer and Nets investor BRUCE RATNER is “on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees shelled out by foes” of the $5B Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. Sources said the figure owed “is expected to be at least $300,000” (NYPOST.com, 9/26)….Former MLBer JARET WRIGHT “is suing his former financial advisers at CSI Capital Management, SunTrust Bank and accounting firm Taylor & Faust for fraud, misrepresentation, negligence and other wrongful conduct.” Legal filings show Wright is “seeking to recover” $7.5M. The complaint “is the latest in a series of lawsuits that have been filed against SunTrust Bank and affiliated parties” since August ’12 (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 9/26).
AWARDS & HONORS: IndyCar team Panther Racing Managing Partner & CEO JOHN BARNES has been named the recipient of the Spirit of Hope Award and will be honored Nov. 19 in DC (Panther Racing)….Golf HOFer JACK NICKLAUS will drop the ceremonial first puck for the Blue Jackets’ season opener against the Flames on Oct. 4 (Blue Jackets)….NASCAR driver DENNY HAMLIN was honored with the Champion for Babies award at Thursday night’s March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Conference dinner in DC (March Of Dimes).
HOUSE & HOME: Nets and Barclays Center CEO BRETT YORMARK and his new wife ELAINA SCOTTO have “picked up the penthouse” at The Peregrine (N.Y. OBSERVER, 9/23 issue)…Fox NFL analyst MICHAEL STRAHAN is re-listing his N.Y. condo for $2.25M (WSJ.com, 9/26).
IN MEMORY: DENIS BRODEUR, the father of Devils G MARTIN BRODEUR, died Thursday at the age of 82. He was a “longtime photographer” for the Canadiens and Expos (NJ.com, 9/26). Brodeur had been in “delicate health for 19 months with brain tumors that required several operations” (Montreal GAZETTE, 9/27)….Former WHL Portland Winterhawks exec and Minority Owner JANN BOSS died last Friday at the age of 69. Boss worked for the team from ’76-‘07 (OREGONLIVE.com, 9/26).