SBJ/January 2-8, 2012/People and Pop Culture

People: Executive transactions

Baseball
The Cleveland Indians promoted Derek Falvey to director of baseball operations for player personnel and acquisitions and named David Stearns director of baseball operations for contracts, strategy and analysis.

The Los Angeles Dodgers promoted Vance Lovelace to director of professional personnel and Rick Ragazzo to director of pro scouting.

The Tampa Bay Rays promoted Chaim Bloom and Erik Neander to director of baseball operations and James Click to director of baseball research and development.

Basketball
The New Orleans Hornets promoted Lindsey Mitchell to corporate communications manager and Calder Hynes to basketball communications coordinator.

The Philadelphia 76ers named Tom Lamaine PA announcer for home games and promoted Matt Cord to sixers.com senior correspondent.

Colleges
The Atlantic Coast Conference named Brad Hostetter associate commissioner of compliance and governance. Hostetter was the NCAA director of academic and membership affairs.

Wegmueller
Bradley University named Heidi Wegmueller assistant athletic director for external affairs. Wegmueller was a senior account executive for the PGA of America.

Eastern Connecticut State University appointed Jeff Konin athletic director, effective July 2.

Muhlenberg College named Corey Goff athletic director.

Pac-12 Enterprises named Bob Keyser vice president of university relations.

The University of Texas-Arlington named Jim Baker athletic director. Baker was University of Texas associate athletic director.

Facilities
AEG named Mike Tomon senior vice president of premium sales for AEG Global Partnerships. Tomon was vice president of sales for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Football
The Chicago Rush hired Roger Wexelberg as president and general manager. Wexelberg was the business development manager for the Times Media Co.

The Dallas Cowboys hired John Winborn as chief information officer. Winborn was vice president of information technology for the San Diego Padres.

The Kansas City Chiefs named Bill Chapin senior vice president of business operations. Chapin held the same position for the Seattle Sounders FC.

Golf
Zapata
Batchelor
Smiley
Golf Channel hired Andrew Smiley as coordinating director, Jessica Batchelor as an on-air planner and Javier Zapata as senior graphic designer. Smiley was director of studio directing at ESPN, Batchelor worked in programming for Sun Sports and Fox Sports Florida, and Zapata was a senior graphic designer and assistant art director for WTVT in Tampa.

Marketing
Rizzuto
Kaplan
Robins
Jason Robins, Melissa Kaplan and Anthony Rizzuto launched Blue Engine Marketing.

Repucom named Shahid Sen and Ed Fitzpatrick executive vice presidents for Asia.

Mardesich
Zuk
SportsOne named Paul Mardesich executive vice president and chief operating officer. Mardesich previously built and sold GolfNow.com.

Wasserman Media Group hired Cristi Zuk as manager of social media in the action sports division.

Media
MSG Networks hired Alan Hahn as a studio analyst. Hahn was the New York Knicks beat writer for Newsday.

The Pac-12 Network named Leon Schweir senior vice president of production and operations. Schweir was executive producer and senior vice president of production and planning at Versus and Comcast SportsNet/NBCUniversal.

People news
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