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SBD Global/June 12, 2013/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

National Rugby League side Gold Coast CEO DAVID MAY "has sensationally quit" less than a year after joining the club, citing personal reasons. Club co-Owner DARRYL KELLY will step in as interim CEO "until a permanent replacement is found" (SMH, 6/11). ... Int'l Ski Federation (FIS) Men's World Cup Chief Race Dir GÜNTER HUJARA "will step down from his position in '14." However, Hujara "will continue to work for FIS on a part-time basis and take care of projects such as safety aspects and support the organizing committee of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games." Hujara will be replaced by 49-year-old Italian MARKUS WALDNER, who has been FIS' Continental Cup coordinator since '98. Women's Speed Event World Cup Race Dir JAN TISCHHAUSER will also step down at the end of the '13-14 season (NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG, 6/10).

COACHES: Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala said that coach GUUS HIDDINK "will extend his contract for a year" (AP, 6/11). ... Austrian football Bundesliga club Admira Wacker "has terminated the contract with head coach" DIETMAR KÜHBAUER. The 42-year-old, "who had a contract until June 30, 2014, took over the club in April '10" (KURIER, 6/11). ... Former La Liga side Atlético Madrid coach QUIQUE SANCHEZ FLORES "is going back to Spain" after quitting UAE side Al Ahli on Tuesday "to become the latest high-profile departure" from the UAE's Pro League. He "had been widely expected to sign a new two-year contract, having led Al Ahli to second place in the league this season" (REUTERS, 6/11). ... Scottish Premier League Kilmarnock coach KENNY SHIELS "has left Kilmarnock with immediate effect by mutual consent." The departure of the 57-year-old Northern Irishman "comes as no surprise following days of speculation about his future." Killie finished ninth in the Premier League, "but a four-match ban handed to Shiels last week following outspoken media comments -- two of which were suspended -- was also taken into consideration by the club" (PA, 6/11). ... Premier League Sunderland has appointed Italian duo ROBERTO DE FANTI and VALENTINO ANGELONI as its new director of football and chief scout, respectively. The pair "have worked together previously on player recruitment at both Udinese and Inter Milan." De Fanti "takes on a newly created role at the Stadium of Light" (BBC, 6/10).

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