SBD/October 18, 2013/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

WNBA Mercury President & COO AMBER COX is leaving the franchise. Cox who joined the team in '05, has been COO since '10 and President since '11. Her exit follows Suns VP/Marketing Partnerships LYNN AGNELLO's departure from the organization. Agnello handled suite sales and marketing partnerships with team sponsors for the Suns and Mercury (, 10/17).

EXECS: Octagon named NBC Sports Group Dir of Marketing & Partnerships for Alli Sports LAUREN TIETJEN Global Communications Dir (THE DAILY)....Levy Restaurants named Sodexo Prestige Dir of Marketing ANNA FENTEN Head of Marketing (Levy)....The L.A. Sports Council elected Fox Sports Media Group Exec VP/Business & Legal Affairs KAREN BRODKIN BOD Chair. Brodkin succeeds ALAN ROTHENBERG and is only the fourth person -- and first woman -- to hold the title since the LASC's '88 inception (LASC)....USA Football yesterday named several execs to its BOD, including Dolphins Exec VP/Football Adminstration DAWN APONTE and Packers President & CEO MARK MURPHY (USA Football)....The Univ. of Wisconsin-Green Bay named Bowling Green Associate AD/Extended Relations MARY ELLEN GILLESPIE AD, making her the first female to hold the position. She succeeds Northern Kentucky Univ. AD KEN BOTHOF (, 10/17)....Western Illinois Univ. named MICHAEL JONES Assistant AD/Development (WIU)....SAE Advisory Group hired PETER RUPPE and STEVE FREY (THE DAILY)....Hibbert Sports named Exec Chair MICKEY NEWSOME Non-Exec Chair, effective February 2, 2014. The company also appointed President & CEO JEFF ROSENTHAL to its BOD effective immediately, increasing the board's size to 10 members (Hibbert Sports).

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