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Jamie Davis Resigns From Fanatics; Duties Will Be Split

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 20 / 14

Jamie Davis has resigned as President of Business Management & Development for online retailer Fanatics. His responsibilities now will be handled by both CMO Chris Orton , who was hired in June, and Exec VP/Business Affairs Gary Gertzog , who was hired from the NFL last September. Davis' mov...

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