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The Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos promoted Greg Treble to vice president of business operations, Cathy Presniak to vice president of finance and administration and Dave Jamieson to vice president of communications and marketing. Duane Vienneau was hired as vice president.
Nixon Peabody hired Christopher Melvin as managing director of its public finance practice with a specific focus on stadium and sports finance. Melvin managed sports and entertainment clients at Capital Markets Advisors.
APCO Worldwide hired Vada Manager as a senior vice president. Manager was chief executive officer of Manager Global Consulting Group and former senior director of global issues management for Nike.
Premier Partnerships hired Todd Ferderer as director of finance and Sean Knecht and Alicia Mendoza as marketing assistants.
Synergy Events promoted Stan Phelps to chief solutions officer, Keith Green to vice president of communications and agency partnerships, Craig Rice to vice president of creative, Shelley Grosman to vice president of team development and finance, Jason Boone to director of production and Megan Kuhmann to senior account executive.
Beverly Hills Sports Council named Rebecca Lin athlete marketing coordinator.
IMG hired Bobby Sharma as senior vice president of global business development, basketball, and Alessio Secco as a consultant to develop an IMG Football Division in Italy. Sharma was vice president and general counsel for the NBA Development League.
The Landum Group hired Stacey Jackson as business development and account manager.
Shamrock Sports Group hired Harry Poole as an account manager.
Nelligan Sports Marketing named Ben Burke general manager for its Cal Poly Sports Marketing and Beth Messer sales and marketing coordinator for its Missouri State Sports Marketing.
Comcast hired Mark Lazarus as a senior sports adviser. Lazarus was president of media and marketing for Career Sports & Entertainment.
DirecTV Sports Networks promoted Shawn McClintock to senior vice president and general manager for FSN Pittsburgh.
Sportsman Channel hired Michael Magnotta as senior vice president and creative director. Magnotta was vice president and creative director for Versus.
Turner Sports Ad Sales hired Greg Millard as vice president of the newly formed NCAA Partnerships division. Millard was vice president of consulting at IMG.
Learfield Sports promoted Bob Agramonte to senior vice president overseeing properties in the Midwest; Diane Penny to vice president, overseeing all television and video efforts for the company; David Hubbard to vice president, overseeing properties in the Pacific region; and Mallory Glosier to director of corporate development.
Univision Communications named Isaac Lee president of news and Alexander "Sandy" Brown president of sports. Lee was the founder, chairman and editor-in-chief of Poder magazine, and Brown was chief executive officer for Petry Holding.
The Izod IndyCar Series hired Denise Abbott as vice president of public relations.
Comcast-Spectacor named Alexandria McBride an account executive for the Wells Fargo Center.
Madison Square Garden Sports promoted Howard Jacobs to executive vice president of marketing and sales, Mike Ondrejko to senior vice president of corporate hospitality sales and service and Sean Downes to vice president of corporate entertainment solutions.
Canadian Soccer League Commissioner Domenic Di Gironimo stepped down.
Stephen Hamilton stepped down as Chivas USA vice president of soccer operations but will continue to work as an adviser for the club.
The Philadelphia Union hired Rick Jacobs as vice president of operations.
The Women's Professional Soccer Sky Blue FC reorganized its front office, promoting Gioia DiFlumeri to general manager, expanding the role of Chief Financial Officer Mary Smoot and having head coach and technical director Jim Gabarra handle all soccer operations and player personnel decisions.
Sporting Goods and Apparel
Easton Hockey promoted Jim Darby to vice president of corporate affairs and hockey sports marketing.
Killerspin Table Tennis hired Roger Payne as brand marketing director. Payne was manager of client operations for Navigate Marketing.
Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The Boston Athletic Association named Guy Morse senior director of external affairs and Thomas Grilk executive director.
Traction hired Matt Overwine as interactive designer and Katherine Monasterio as copywriter.
Awards and Boards
Women in Sports and Events appointed Allison Howard, Premier Partnerships vice president of corporate sponsorships, as vice president of the board for its Los Angeles chapter.
Ludus Tours promoted Raffa Cinti to director of operations.
The Club Managers Association of America hired Jeffery Magoon as member advocate in risk management.
The Fantasy Sports Trade Association hired Travis McCoy as chief lobbyist and political consultant.
Scarborough Research hired Tom Drouillard as president and chief executive officer. Drouillard was president of Nielsen Online.
The International Golf Federation named Peter Dawson, The R&A chief executive officer, as president, and Ty Votaw, PGA Tour executive vice president of communications and international affairs, as vice president.
The National Hot Rod Association named Ken Clapp, former NASCAR executive, and Michael Cohen, a partner in Morrison & Foerster LLP, to its board of directors.
Special Olympics International named Michelle Kwan, Olympic figure skating champion; Matthew Williams, Special Olympics Canada athlete; and Elisabeth Dykens, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center director, to its board of directors.
The U.S. Olympic Committee named to its board of directors Robbie Bach, former Microsoft entertainment and devices division president; James Benson, Benson Botsford chief executive officer; Nina Kemppel, U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council vice chair; Susanne Lyons, former Visa USA chief marketing officer; and Dave Ogrean, USA Hockey executive director.
Zamst named Robbie Davis, owner and founder of Gameshape, to its U.S. advisory board.
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