SBJ/Dec. 14, 2009/Careers/People

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    The Washington Nationals named Davey Johnson senior adviser to the general manager.

    The Class AAA Pacific Coast League’s Nashville Sounds hired Erin Rescigno as merchandise manager.


    The New Jersey Nets promoted Josh Pruss to managing director of partnership marketing.


    Southeastern Louisiana University named Bart Bellairs athletic director. Bellairs was athletic director at Savannah State University.

    Wright State University named Chris Grant special assistant to the athletic director. Grant was a small-business account manager for AT&T.


    Construction consulting firm Merritt & Harris promoted Manny Kratsios to president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1.  Kratsios succeeds Thomas Richard, who will remain with the firm as a principal, a member of the board of directors and  director of marketing. 

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway named Troy Taylor vice president of sales. Taylor was a sales manager for Comcast Spotlight in Worcester, Mass.


    Sprint promoted Steve Gaffney to vice president of corporate marketing.


    DirecTV named Michael White chief executive officer. White was international operations chief executive and vice chairman of PepsiCo.

    EchoStar Corp. named Michael Dugan president and chief executive officer. He replaces Charles Ergen, who will remain chairman.

    ESPN Deportes named John Fitzgerald vice president of sales.

    ISP Sports named Mark McKeen senior vice president and chief information officer. McKeen was vice president of administrative services for Lincoln Financial Group.

    Learfield Sports named Molly Mullady Arbogast national accounts manager for the Northeast region. She will work in Learfield Sports’ Penn State Sports Properties office in Philadelphia.

    Golf Digest Publications named Tom Bair vice president and publishing director.

    News Corp.’s executive vice president of global marketing and corporate affairs, Gary Ginsberg, will leave the company at the end of the year.


    TrueSports named Stephen Timms promotions and marketing coordinator, Steve Beckman accounting manager and Joni McLaughlin controller.

    Sporting Goods and Apparel

    VQ ActionCare named Andrew Siminoff media and customer relations director. Siminoff was director of business development for AirDrives.


    The London Organising Committee named Greg Nugent brand and marketing director. Nugent was the head of marketing for EuroStar.

    Sporting Goods and Apparel

    Etonic Worldwide named Dave Powers director of sales for its running division. Powers was director of sales for Serotta Competition Bicycles.

    The Sports Authority named Jeffrey Schumacher executive vice president, chief marketing officer and chief strategy officer. Schumacher was partner in McKinsey and Cos. North American marketing and sales practice.


    Sony Ericsson Open founder and Chairman Butch Buchholz is leaving his post after the 2010 tournament to pursue other opportunities.


    The Tour of Utah promoted Karen Weiss to executive director.

    World Sport Chicago named Patrick Ryan chairman. Ryan was leader of the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid.

    Awards and Boards

    Clicker Media named Blake Krikorian to its board of directors. Krikorian is co-founder and former chair and chief executive officer of Sling Media. He will also become an investor in the company.

    The LPGA elected Ponturo Management Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Ponturo to its board of directors.

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