SBD/May 15, 2014/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

The Packers promoted Dir of Marketing & Corporate Sales CRAIG BENZEL to VP/Sales & Business Development and named Ravens VP/Marketing GABRIELLE VALDEZ DOW VP/Marketing & Fan Engagement (, 5/13)....Sources said that the Dolphins named Buccaneers Dir of College Scouting ERIC STOKES Assistant GM, and that the Bucs named Patriots Dir of College Scouting JON ROBINSON to the same position. Robinson "will be reunited" with Bucs GM JASON LICHT, who “was a primary factor in hiring Robinson as a Patriots scout” in ’02 (, 5/14)....Coyne PR promoted CHRIS BRIENZA to Senior VP & Head of the N.Y. office. Brienza will continue to be responsible for leading accounts for Daytona Int’l Speedway, the USGA and USA Today Sports, as well as ongoing work with ESPN and the Asics L.A. Marathon (Coyne)....The World Baseball Softball Confederation named Int'l Baseball Federation President RICCARDO FRACCARI its first President (WBSC)....The ECHL Reading Royals named SafetyCare Technologies General Counsel, COO & CMO DREW BELL President (Reading Royals)....K.C.-based Shook, Hardy & Bacon has hired Spencer Fane Britt & Browne attorneys CORBY JONES and BILL ODLE to launch the law firm’s first Intercollegiate & Amateur Sports practice (, 5/14)....Northern Illinois Univ. Senior Administrative Assistant JANAAN MICKEY will retire on May 29 after more than 32 years with the school (Dekalb DAILY CHRONICLE, 5/14)....N.Y.-based biotech firm IntelliCell BioSciences named ESPN NFL analyst MERRIL HOGE to its Board of Advisors (, 5/14).

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