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SBD Global/October 10, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Published October 10, 2012
SWOOSH SWAPS: Nike has appointed its former Marketing Dir for Northern Europe NICOLE HUBBARD as marketing director for the U.K. and Ireland "with immediate effect." Hubbard will "lead its brand building activity in the U.K. with a brief to increase the company's focus on sports categories." She replaces GINO FISANOTTI, who has moved to the brand's global headquarters in Portland, Oregon (MARKETINGWEEK.co.uk, 10/9). Marketing Magazine's Joyn Reynolds wrote that the change "is the latest in a number at Nike, which includes the appointment of Burberry's social media marketing guru MUSA TARIQ to take up a similar role at Nike." Additionally, Global Dir of Brand Communication ED ELWORTHY, a 10-year Nike employee, "is taking a sabbatical" from the company. He is "expected to return" in the spring (MARKETINGMAGAZINE.co.uk, 10/9).
COACHES: Former Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters Manager MASATAKA NASHIDA "is expected to be offered the Japan head coaching job for next year's World Baseball Classic." He will work alongside KOJI YAMAMOTO, "who is set to be named manager" of Japan. Joining Yamamoto and Nashida in the dugout are former Seibu Lions Manager OSAMU HIGASHIO, former Chunichi Dragons player KAZUYOSHI TATSUNAMI and Orix Buffaloes Head Coach NOBUHIRO TAKASHIRO (KYODO, 10/9). ... The Phnom Penh Crown FC has named SAM SCHWEINGRUBER head coach, replacing outgoing Englishman DAVID BOOTH, who resigned shortly after the team's return home "from a disastrous" Asian Football Confederation President's Cup finals in Tajikistan last month. Schweingruber has been offered a "one-year contract without detailing a financial package." The 33-year-old has spent the past six years living and working in Battambang, Cambodia where he founded the sports and leadership training nonprofit, SALT Academy (PHNOM PENH POST, 10/9). ... Championship club Bolton Wanderers have sacked Manager OWEN COYLE after the club suffered a "poor start" to their campaign. The Scot was dismissed on Tuesday after the Trotters won just three of their opening 10 matches to "languish down" in 18th place in the 24-team league (REUTERS, 10/9).
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