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SBD Global/September 19, 2013/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

The Int'l Ski Federation (FIS) has appointed current Austrian Ski Federaion (ÖSV) VP HANNES TRINKL "as its new men's World Cup race director for speed events (downhill, Super-G) starting with the '14-15 season" (KURIER, 9/18). ... The Spanish Basketball League (ACB) Assembly, which met Wednesday in Barcelona, approved the firing of ACB Dir General BETO AGUSTÍ and Officiating Dir ALBERTO GARCÍA CHÁPULI, who will be replaced by FELIPE LLAMAZARES. ACB President EDUARDO PORTELA will remain the association's "honorary president for life after his contract expires in April" (AS, 9/18). ... Sri Lanka head coach GRAHAM FORD "has confirmed he will leave his post" when his contract expires in January, despite "being pressed to reconsider by the island nation's cricket authorities." Ford, who was appointed when Australian coach GEOFF MARSH was sacked in January '12, had told Sri Lanka last week that "he did not want to renew his contract because of family commitments but officials asked him to reconsider." His final series with Sri Lanka will be against Pakistan in the UAE in December, when they play three tests, five one-dayers and two Twenty20 games (REUTERS, 9/18). ... Former Netherlands captain RUUD KROL "has agreed on a two-month contract" to coach Tunisia in the African zone World Cup playoffs, the Tunisian football federation said on its website on Thursday. Krol replaces NABIL MAALOUL, who "resigned after Tunisia lost their final group match 2-0 at home to the tiny Cape Verde Islands" on Sept. 7 (REUTERS, 9/18). ... Circuit of The Americas announced that JASON DIAL has joined its exec team in the newly created role of president. Dial previously worked in sports marketing at Procter & Gamble and most recently as CMO of the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will report to CEO STEVE SEXTON (COTA).

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