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SBD Global/April 10, 2013/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

Infront Sports & Media announced the promotion of Infront China's CEO & Managing Dir MA GUOLI to chairman of the Infront China board of directors. He will step up from his operational position to the new role as of Jan. 1 (Infront). ... Former rugby Premiership London Wasps and EPL Queens Park Rangers CEO DAVID DAVIES "has been appointed managing director of Edinburgh Rugby." Davies takes over the running of the Murrayfield club from CRAIG DOCHERTY, "who will complete a transition into his new role as Scottish Rugby's head of retail and product licensing" (Scotland DAILY RECORD, 4/9). ... Association of Surfing Professionals Int'l announced the appointment of MICHAEL LYNCH as its chief marketing & revenue officer. Lynch joins ASP shortly after the organization announced PAUL SPEAKER in the role of ASP CEO. Together they will work to build surfing’s new global sports league. Lynch will be responsible for helping the organization optimize its growth potential worldwide and specifically manage all ASP marketing, communications and sponsorship activities (ASP).

COACHES/MANAGER:
Uganda's football governing body, FUFA, has sacked national team coach BOBBY WILLIAMSON. Williamson's contract "was terminated on Monday during an emergency meeting" of FUFA chaired by FUFA President LAWRENCE MULINDWA (XINHUA, 4/8). ... Former South Africa national football team coach JOEL SANTANA "has signed a one-year deal with Brazilian top-flight outfit Bahia." Santana replaces JORGINHO, "who was sacked after Bahia's 5-1 loss to Vitoria on Sunday" (XINHUA, 4/9).

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