SBJ/December 19-25, 2011/People and Pop Culture

People: Executive transactions

Baseball
The Texas Rangers named former major leaguer Greg Maddux special assistant to the general manager.

The Baltimore Orioles hired Lee Thomas as special assistant to the executive vice president of baseball operations and Fred Ferreira as executive director of international recruiting.

The Houston Astros named Jeff Luhnow general manager. Luhnow was vice president of scouting and player development with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Wockenfus
Meulendyke
The Class A Midwest League’s Wisconsin Timber Rattlers hired Jim Meulendyke and Liz Wockenfus to their group sales department.

Basketball
The Portland Trail Blazers named Dan Dickau player development assistant.

Colleges
Colorado State University named Jack Graham athletic director, replacing Paul Kowalczyk.

Marquette University named Larry Williams vice president and athletic director. Williams was athletic director at the University of Portland.

The Missouri Valley Conference named Greg Walter assistant commissioner for compliance. Walter was assistant commissioner for compliance with the Summit League.

Facilities
Global Spectrum named Brian Hixenbaugh general manager of the University of Central Florida Arena. Hixenbaugh was assistant general manager for the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.

Prudential Center named Jarrod Jordan director of premium seating sales. Jordan was director of business development for Chelsea Piers.

Football
The International Federation of American Football named Adam Provost managing director.

Hockey
The Columbus Blue Jackets named Craig Patrick senior adviser of hockey operations.

Marketing
D'Elia
Shamrock Sports & Entertainment hired Eric D’Elia as account manager. D’Elia worked for the PGA Nationwide Tour.

Team One named Damian Areyan director of experiential and relationship marketing. Areyan was manager of sports marketing and alliances at Deutsch, Los Angeles.

Media
CBS Sports Network named Dan Weinberg senior vice president of programming. Weinberg was vice president of licensing at MLB.

Comcast named Neil Smit Comcast Cable Communications chief executive officer in addition to his title of Comcast Cable president.

Soccer
Colorado Rapids managing director Jeff Plush is leaving the organization.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The Central Florida Sports Commission named David Zsembik Seminole County marketing and event manager.

Tennis
Hunt
The U.S. Tennis Association promoted Sue Hunt to chief marketing officer.

Other
America’s Cup named Richard Worth chief executive officer, replacing Craig Thompson.

TriColumbia promoted Kari Ebeling to chief operating officer.

Zapfe
Acentech named Jeffrey Zapfe president.

The Ragnar Relay Series hired Dave Klewan as vice president of corporate partnerships. Klewan most recently oversaw corporate partnerships for the Los Angeles Marathon.

Wentworth
Performance Bicycle hired Carol Wentworth as senior vice president of marketing. Wentworth was vice president of marketing at True Value Co.

Awards and Boards
iSportconnect named Lou Imbriano, TrinityOne president and chief executive officer, to its advisory board.

XOS Digital named Tom Stultz, former IMG College senior vice president and managing director, to its board of directors.

People news
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