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The New York Racing Association hired Ellen McClain as senior vice president and chief financial officer. McClain was vice president of finance for Hearst-Argyle Television.
IMG Worldwide named Chuck Bennett senior adviser to the chairman and chief executive officer for special projects.
Just Marketing International hired Amanda Timmerman as an account coordinator.
SportsMark Management Group named Joanna Olszowska director of business development in its London office. Olszowska was an independent consultant with EMG Sports.
Liberty Sports Group promoted Mark Jorgensen to vice president and station manager for FSN Northwest.
The NHL named John O’Neill director of advertising sales for NHL Network. O’Neill was vice president and general manager for Sports InDemand.
Learfield named Michael Albanese senior account executive for Xavier Sports Properties, Rob Setzman marketing and sales coordinator for Penn State Sports Properties and Alicia Spack account executive for Purdue Sports Properties.
The Canadian Soccer League’s North York Astros and Italia Shooters named Jordan Grossman director of sales and sponsorships.
Sporting Goods and Apparel
Hibbett Sports hired Rebecca Jones as vice president of merchandising. Jones was vice president and general merchandise manager for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores.
American Sporting Goods Corp. named chairman and owner Jerry Turner chief executive officer, replacing Tom O’Riordan, who stepped down.
Amer Sports named Jeff Larsen director of Salomon Footwear and Tony Elggren national accounts manager for winter and outdoor.
Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The Tampa Sports Authority named Eric Hart executive director. Hart was president and chief executive officer of the Lansing (Mich.) Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Don DeFosset to the Tampa Sports Authority.
PepsiCo Americas Beverages named Jill Beraud chief marketing officer and president of joint ventures, replacing Dave Burwick, who resigned.
Sentient Flight Group promoted Ed Lynch to vice president of business development, sports.
Awards and Boards
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum named Harvey Schiller, chairman and chief executive officer of the GlobalOptions Group and president of the International Baseball Federation, to its board of directors.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation named Julie Silcock, co-head of Southwest investment banking for Houlihan Lokey, to its board of trustees.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association named Satish Sanan to its board of directors to represent Breeders’ Cup Ltd.
Canucks Sports & Entertainment named Tod Leiweke, Seattle Seahawks chief executive officer and First and Goal Inc. president, to its board of directors.
The Collegiate Water Polo Association named to its board of directors Scott Reed, George Washington University men and women’s water polo coach; Marv Christopher, California State University-Maritime Academy athletic director; and Brian Streeter, Pennsylvania State University-Erie, The Behrend College athletic director.
The National Association of Executive Recruiters named Michael Garnes, Next Level Executive Search president, vice chair of its board of directors.
Finish Line named Norman Gurwitz to its board of directors.
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