SBD/August 21, 2014/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

The Blues named Jaguars Consultant JEFF AJLUNI Group VP/Corporate Partnerships & Community Development and NHL Kings Senior Director of Ticket Sales & Service JOSH BENDER Group VP/Ticketing & Guest Experience. The Blues also promoted PHIL SIDDLE to Group VP & CFO and JAY ROBERTS to Group VP/Building Operations & Booking (Blues).

FLYING THE COOP: Stats co-COO STEVE BYRD has left the company after 17 years. Byrd is the second senior exec to leave the Chicago-based sports data and analytics company in the last week, following Senior VP/Sports Solutions BRIAN KOPP. The departures continue a period of marked transition for the company following its sale earlier this year to S.F.-based private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. Byrd has not yet determined his next career move, but wrote in an e-mail to business associates it will be in the sports industry. "It was an incredible run at Stats and I'm very proud of what we built there," Byrd wrote (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).

EXECS: ESPN promoted VP/College Networks Production STEPHANIE DRULEY to Senior VP/College Networks Production, overseeing the SEC Network and the Longhorn Network (ESPN)....The Sabres "have shifted KEVIN DEVINE's role" to Dir of Player Personnel, after most recently serving as Assistant GM (AP, 8/20)....The Citadel named former Univ. of Colorado Senior Associate AD/External Operations JIM SENTER AD (DENVERPOST.com, 8/20)....Iona College promoted Academics Coordinator CHRIS MERCE to Assistant AD/Academic Services (Iona)....The Univ. of Waterloo named Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Associate Dir/Alumni Relations ROLY WEBSTER AD (Waterloo).

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