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People: New hires and promotions

Twins Sports President Jerry Bell retired after 23 years with the organization. Twins Sports is the parent company of the Minnesota Twins.

The Class A South Atlantic League’s Hagerstown (Md.) Suns hired Sara Grasmon and Rechelle Bischoff to head its marketing campaign; Tony Iovieno for stadium operations and food and beverage operations; and Josh Mastin, Ben Scheffel and Chris Vierling to lead the sales department.

The NCAA hired Donald Remy as general counsel and vice president of legal affairs and Cari Klecka as director of educational support programs. Remy was a partner at the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP, and Klecka was an associate professor in the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The University of Cincinnati hired Doug Mosley as associate athletic director for external and media communications. Mosley was senior associate athletic director at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

Saint Mary’s College hired Richard Kilwien as assistant athletic director for communications. Kilwien was associate athletic director for communications at the University of Washington.

Cannon Design promoted Robert Claiborne to associate principal.

Kentucky Speedway hired David Martin as director of marketing and sales. Martin was an account director for GMR Marketing.

Daytona International Speedway promoted Andrew Booth to senior manager of media relations and Joann Mantovani to senior manager of advertising and promotions. Ryan Tolley was hired as director of sales.

Palace Sports and Entertainment hired Nick Bartolone as a marketing specialist. Bartolone was promotions director for Clear Channel Detroit’s 106.7 FM The Beat and WDFN-AM in Farmington Hills, Mich.

The Denver Broncos promoted Joe Ellis to president and named Pro Football hall of famer John Elway executive vice president of football operations.

Detroit Lions senior director of community affairs Tim Pendell will retire, effective Feb. 1.

The San Francisco 49ers promoted Trent Baalke to general manager.

The Players Championship named Michele McManamon, co-owner and operator of Sandler Training, a vice chair for the tournament.

Horse Racing

Arlington Park named Howard Sudberry senior director of marketing and communications. Sudberry was director and chief executive officer for Sudberry Media Group.

Keeneland hired Walt Robertson as vice president of sales. Robertson was chairman and lead auctioneer for Fasig-Tipton.

Home Team Marketing announced the opening of its Los Angeles office and hired Adrienne Biehl as vice president of California Interscholastic Federation sales.

Bob Broderick launched public relations and marketing firm RTB Media.

Shamrock Sports Group named Jim Tucker executive vice president. Tucker was senior director of marketing partnerships for MTV Games.

Gannett named Tom Beusse president of USA Today Sports Media Group. Beusse was president and chief executive officer for Westwood One.

News Corp. announced a restructuring of the Fox Networks Group with Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tony Vinciquerra stepping down, effective Feb. 11. Fox International Channels Chief Executive Officer David Haslingden will take over as president and chief operating officer of Fox Networks Group. Fox Sports President Eric Shanks and FSN President Randy Freer will serve as co-president and chief operating officers of Fox Sports Media Group.


The Columbus Crew hired Trisha McCarthy as fan development coordinator, Brandie Pifer as a season-ticket account executive and Leeana Russell as a group sales account executive.

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