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The Phoenix Suns promoted Matt Lawson to senior account executive of season sales, Vincent Brunoforte to account executive of season sales and Justin Mora to account experience specialist. The organization hired Michael Shockley as a marketing partnerships account executive, Elise Cranston as senior marketing partnerships activation specialist and Nick Sharkey as CRM database manager.
The Big South Conference hired Sherika McLean as compliance and administration assistant, Deandra Danch as public relations assistant and John Brown as marketing assistant.
The West Coast Conference promoted Sarah Wilhelmi to assistant commissioner for compliance and student services and Stefanie Ordoveza to associate director for marketing and communications.
Bowling Green State University hired Jermaine Truax as director of compliance and certification. Truax was director of compliance at St. Bonaventure University.
Dartmouth College hired Harry Sheehy as athletic director, effective Sept. 7. Sheehy was athletic director at Williams College.
Kennesaw State University Athletic Director Dave Waples stepped down after 23 years.
Pittsburg State University named Jim Johnson athletic director, effective Sept. 7. Johnson was commissioner of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
San Jose State University promoted Matt Witty to associate athletic director for business operations, Jody Smith to associate athletic director for events and facilities, Michael Beaubien to assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions, and Eric Howitt to director of equipment services, branding and licensing.
Saint Francis University hired Lucy Wess as assistant athletic director for compliance and facilities.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots named Pedro Zavala track superintendent.
Buffalo Communications promoted David Griffith to public relations manager.
HB&M Sports promoted Erin Shusko to director, and hired Eric Pinkham as vice president for corporate account management and business development.
Intersport named Tom Reeve executive vice president of sales. Reeve was Southwest director of sales for Screenvision.
Jackson Motorsports Group promoted Matt Caldwell to account director.
Landmark Sport Group named Alison Turcotte race director of the Mississauga Marathon, Twenty Valley Niagara Wine Country Run and Labor Day Oakville Half Marathon. Turcotte was manager of rules and competitions for Golf Canada.
The Marketing Arm promoted Mary O’Connor to vice president of Olympic marketing and global platforms.
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia named Todd Berman senior director of digital media. Berman replaces Rich Libero, who was promoted to vice president of digital content for Comcast Sports Group.
Fox Sports Arizona promoted Megan Case to senior sales and marketing coordinator.
Fox Sports Interactive Media named Rick Jaffe senior vice president and editor-in-chief.
ISP Sports promoted Rudy Allen to vice president of human resources, Anna Barton to academy programming manager and Christina Tedcastle to creative services manager. The company hired Kevin Copp as video production assistant for Georgia Sports Properties, Candace Friedrich as assistant director of marketing for the Seminole ISP Sports Network and Dan O’Brien as marketing assistant for MAC Properties.
Learfield Sports named Mike Burnett account executive for Army Sports Properties and Brian Morris senior account executive for Cowboy Sports Properties at Oklahoma State University. Burnett was sponsorship sales manager for the independent Atlantic League’s Somerset (N.J.) Patriots, and Morris was associate athletic director for development at Wichita State University.
Postmedia Network hired Wayne Parrish as chief transformation officer. Parrish was executive director and chief executive officer for Canada Basketball.
Van Wagner Sports hired Ted Morris as a senior vice president. Morris was senior vice president of sales and marketing for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.
NASCAR hired Andrew Schwalb as vice president and chief information and technology officer for NASCAR and NASCAR Media Group. Schwalb was senior vice president and chief technology officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Palace Sports & Entertainment hired Jared Rose as director of corporate marketing. Rose was vice president of marketing and sponsorship for the Arena Football League’s Spokane (Wash.) Shock.
Sporting Goods and Apparel
G&G Outfitters promoted Yuko Tsubura to account executive, and named Jenny Ashley director of the licensed sports group, Linda Robinson and Denise Wittmeyer senior account executives, Victoria Nicolosi team account executive, and Tina Cahill and Sarah Hogan sales support.
Under Armour President David McCreight has left the company. Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Kevin Plank assumed the role of president.
The International Triathlon Union named Antonio Fernandez Arimany financial and legal adviser. Arimany was managing director for the Madrid 2016 Olympic bid.
Tickets.com named Doug Lyons vice president of product marketing strategy.
The USA Swimming Foundation named Debbie Hesse executive director, effective Nov. 15. Hesse is president and chief executive officer for USA Diving.
Awards and Boards
Howard Dolgon, president and chief executive officer of the American Hockey League’s Syracuse (N.Y.) Crunch, received the James C. Hendy Memorial Award as the league’s outstanding executive.
Sherbrook SBK Sport Corp. named Paul St-Louis director of SBK.
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