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  • CAA China Names Former Special Olympics Int'l Regional President Mary Gu Shuhang CEO

    The newly-formed CAA China named MARY GU SHUHANG as CEO. Gu has held several exec positions with the Special Olympics and was most recently Special Olympics int'l regional president & managing director, East Asia. Gu has been hired to build upon Creative Artists Agency's 12 years of experience in the region to further its efforts in sports services, branded content, live events, TV and music touring, while continuing to foster its market-leadership in motion pictures and film finance throughout Greater China. CAA China was launched in April by CAA in partnership with CMC Capital Partners, China's leading investment fund in media, entertainment, lifestyle and internet content. It is majority-owned by CAA. "In our 12 years in China, we have built the region's largest and most successful motion picture agency," said CAA President RICHARD LOVETT in a statement. "Now, we are moving into the next stage of our strategic growth plan for CAA China. Mary will accelerate this momentum using her expertise and network of relationships to further diversify our capabilities and reach in sports and entertainment throughout the region." Gu previously held several key positions in multi-national companies and organizations, including VP of the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games Exec Committee; director of PR and deputy director of large-scale events of the 2007 Special Olympics World Games Steering Committee; and president of the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games Opening Ceremony production. She was also president of the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

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  • Executive Transactions

    Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos unveiled former Real Madrid midfielder MIGUEL ÁNGEL PORTUGAL as its new coach. Portugal will take over from former Italian int'l GIANLUCA ZAMBROTTA. Portugal's coaching abilities "first came to the fore" at Real Madrid's "C" and "B" sides (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 7/17). ... EPL side West Ham United Vice-Chair KARREN BRADY will take over as chair of PHILIP GREEN's retail empire as ANTHONY GRABINER steps down. Grabiner, who has spent 15 years as the head of Taveta, is to "step down with immediate effect." Taveta is the Green family firm, owned by Green's Monaco-based wife, TINA. It controls Arcadia, which owns several fashion chains (London GUARDIAN, 7/17). ... ITV appointed EasyJet CEO CAROLYN MCCALL as its new CEO. McCall will take over the running of the commercial broadcaster early next year. Former ITV CEO ADAM CROZIER left in June (BBC, 7/17).

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  • Names In The News

    ROGER FEDERER will "visit Scotland for the first time in November" to play ANDY MURRAY. The Swiss tennis player "agreed to play in the second Andy Murray Live charity event" at the SSE Hydro Glasgow on Nov. 7. Murray played a charity Match for Africa for Federer in Switzerland in April (London DAILY MIRROR, 7/17). ... EPL side Burnley goalkeeper PAUL ROBINSON announced his retirement at the age of 37. Robinson, who began his career at Leeds United in '98 and also played for Tottenham and Blackburn, "was capped 41 times" for England (BBC, 7/17). ... Formula 1 broadcaster and former driver MARTIN BRUNDLE was "dramatically taken ill just moments before going on air to receive an award marking 20 years of his customary grid-walk." Brundle, who competed in 165 grands prix, was due to accept a trophy from F1 Managing Dir ROSS BRAWN "before falling unwell and receiving treatment at the Silverstone medical centre." Sky Sports confirmed that Brundle, 58, was "fully conscious and in good spirits" (London TELEGRAPH, 7/17). ... The IAAF announced former Namibian sprinter and IAAF Council member FRANKIE FREDERICKS was "provisionally suspended from athletics pending an investigation into a potential ethics violation." Fredericks is being investigated by the Athletics Integrity Unit over payments he received from PAPA MASSATA DIACK, the son of former IAAF President LAMINE DIACK, on the day Rio won the vote to host the 2016 Olympics (REUTERS, 7/17). 

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