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Published July 24, 2014
The Grizzlies promoted COO JASON WEXLER to President of Business Operations for the team and FedExForum. Wexler “will have primary leadership responsibility of all aspects of the business including ticket sales and service, arena operations, corporate partnerships, marketing communications and broadcast, community investment and general operations” (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 7/24).
MAD MAN: Ad agency Wunderman named former NBA Exec VP/Marketing JAMIE GALLO President of its N.Y. office. Gallo left the league in February after “overseeing brand strategy and communications” since taking on the role in June ’12. Although he “reported to Deputy Commissioner ADAM SILVER, he was part of Commissioner DAVID STERN’s regime, having known Mr. Stern for several years before joining the league.” Gallo acknowledged that the timing of his departure from the NBA "coincided with changes" at the league (ADAGE.com, 7/23).
EXECS: The Association of Surfing Professionals named former MLS, U.S. Soccer Federation and Gatorade marketing exec MARK NOONAN Chief Commercial Officer. Noonan's first task will be developing and staffing the ASP's new N.Y. office. Most recently, Noonan led FocalSport, a sports marketing and media agency he founded in '05 (ASP)....The Univ. of Illinois promoted Senior Associate AD WARREN HOOD to Senior Associate AD/Capital Projects & Facility Operations. He takes over the role previously held by TOM MICHAEL, who left to become Eastern Illinois Univ. AD (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 7/23)....Georgia Tech named Univ. of Miami Assistant AD/Communications CHRIS YANDLE Assistant AD/Communications & PR (GT)....Clemson Univ. named Yale Univ. Associate AD/Varsity Sports Administration, Contest Management, Travel & Scheduling NATALIE GONZALEZ Senior Woman Administrator (POSTANDCOURIER.com, 7/23)....Buffalo-based Stealth SME named Octagon VP/Operations & Brand Relationships THOMAS REPICCI Senior VP/Business Development with the sports and entertainment agency’s full-service brand activation and marketing division (THE DAILY)....SportAccord Convention Head of Media Relations JAY STUART is stepping down, with Dir of Communications JOHN HEWITT becoming the new media point-of-contact (THE DAILY).
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