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Executive Transactions

ESPN Exec VP & Chief Technology Officer CHUCK PAGANO will retire from the company in February '15. He joined ESPN prior to its September '79 debut. ESPN named Senior VP/Technology & Product Development AARON LABERGE Pagano's successor, and he will assume the day-to-day management of the team, effective June 1, 2014 (ESPN). Pagano guided the company "through the many technological innovations and changes that have occurred throughout the past three decades" (MULTICHANNEL.com, 4/3).

EXECS: Topps named XO Group CFO JOHN MUELLER to the same position, effective April 7 (Topps)....Global Spectrum named SpiritBank Event Center GM SHASHANK GAIROLA to the same position for Florida State's Donald L. Tucker Civic Center (Comcast-Spectacor)....The National Association of Sports Commissioners named Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Dir KEVIN SMITH BOD Chair (BIZJOURNALS.com, 4/3)....The Bills named ALEXANDRA VITALE Multimedia Reporter (BUFFALONEWS.com, 4/1).

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