SBD/April 11, 2014/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

Marucci Sports named co-Founder KURT AINSWORTH CEO, and added three execs to help it "realize its ambitious growth plans." The company named Red Mountain Resources CFO MICHAEL UFFMAN to the same position, SHELLY MOORE Senior VP/Sales & Marketing, and ROBERT KOPKIN Dir of Apparel. Former CEO BRETT STOHLTON remains as an adviser. Marucci also appointed the following to its BOD: Duck Commander CEO WILLIE ROBERTSON, TXU Energy CEO JIM BURKE, Blue Jays RF JOSE BAUTISTA, Parq Advisors co-Founder & Managing Partner RYAN STROMSBORG and Bollinger Shipyards COO BEN BORDELON (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 4/11).

EXECS: The PBR named IndyCar VP/Marketing KASEY COLER to the same position. Coler spent six years at IndyCar after a four-year tenure at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Josh Carpenter, Staff Writer)....Int'l Speedway Corp. promoted CRAIG NEEB to Senior VP/Business Development & Chief Digital Officer (ISC)....Trail Blazers Dir of Sustainability & Public Affairs JUSTIN ZEULNER is leaving the team to work with Vulcan, the holding company run by team Owner PAUL ALLEN (, 4/10)....Rutgers Univ. named the Newark Star-Ledger's TOM LUICCI to the newly created position of Senior Dir of Digital Media, effective May 5 (Rutgers)....SMG named MARC MULHERIN Branson Convention Center GM (SMG)....The Patriots "parted with longtime medical director DR. THOMAS GILL, who has also left his post as chief of sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital." Gill will be replaced by DR. MATT PROVENCHER "as part of the team’s relationship with MGH" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/11).

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