SBJ/March 12-18, 2012/People and Pop Culture

People: Executive transactions

Baseball
The Chicago Cubs named Bryan Robinson vice president of human resources. Robinson was human resources leader at General Electric.

The Philadelphia Phillies promoted Kevin Gregg to manager of baseball communications.

Basketball
The New Jersey Nets and Barclays Center promoted Fred Mangione to executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Marie Chindamo to senior vice president of human resources, Kristen Bianco to director of human resources for the Nets, Mike Zavodsky to senior vice president of corporate sponsorships for Barclays Center, Andrew Newman to senior manager for corporate sponsorship development for Barclays Center, Elisa Padilla to vice president of marketing, Jeff Gamble to senior director of marketing and Kris Elvgren to senior director of partnership marketing.  

Colleges
Alcorn State University named Patric David Simon athletic director. Simon held the same position at Langston University.

Rowan University Athletic Director Joy Solomen will retire at the end of March.

Angelo State University Athletic Director Kathleen Brasfield will retire May 31.

Shenandoah University Athletic Director Wayne Edwards will retire May 31.

Facilities
Circuit of the Americas named Julie Koenig Loignon vice president of public relations and community relations, Regan Holley vice president of marketing, Fenorris Pearson vice president of human resources and Jason Asci director of ticketing. Loignon was vice president of corporate communications at Churchill Downs Inc., Holley was chief creative officer at TracyLocke Advertising, Pearson was vice president of human resources and consumer brand innovation at Dell, and Asci was director of ticketing at Southern Methodist University.

Pocono Raceway named Ricky Durst director of ticket operations.

Finance
JPMorgan Chase hired Francie Gottsegen as senior vice president of sports and entertainment marketing. Gottsegen was senior vice president of sponsorships at Wells Fargo.  

Football
The Buffalo Bills hired Katy Ryan and Don Sheldon as account service coordinators in the ticket office department. Ryan worked at The Aspire Group, and Sheldon worked with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Golf
The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial hired Mike Zinga as director of sales. Zinga worked in sales and marketing with the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

Hockey
The Columbus Blue Jackets promoted Ellen Keough to season ticket sales account executive, Erica Ganyard to group event specialist and Caitlin Reagan to season ticket service coordinator.

The St. Louis Blues named Matthew Gardner marketing communications director. Gardner was account director at MindComet.

Horse Racing
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission named John Ward executive director.

Marketing
Ratchford
Knutson
Team Epic promoted Andrew Knutson and Brady Ratchford to associates.

Learfield Sports hired Danielle Brower as an affiliate representative. Brower was on-air talent and promotions assistant for KKOB-AM, flagship station for the University of New Mexico.

Media
Fox Sports Media Group promoted Karen Brodkin to executive vice president of business and legal affairs.

McNamara
ESPN hired John McNamara as vice president of multimedia sales. McNamara was vice president of business development at IMG Worldwide.

Rodrigues
Stinson
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area promoted Ben Rodrigues to director of programming.

World Fishing Network named Pam Stinson senior director of marketing. Stinson was senior director of marketing at the The Mtn. ­­— Mountain West Sports Network.


Multiteam Companies
Smith
Palace Sports & Entertainment hired Steve Smith as vice president of ticketing, consumer sales and service. Smith was vice president of ticket sales and service for the Minnesota Twins.

Olympics
Tchou
USA Field Hockey hired 1996 Olympian Liz Tchou as youth development manager and Meagan Connolly as fundraising manager.

Ikwuakor
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency hired Onye Ikwuakor as its legal affairs director. Ikwuakor was an associate at Bryan Cave HRO.



Soccer
The Seattle Sounders named Jeff Garza director of communications. Garza was a communications assistant with the Seattle Seahawks.

Brazilian Football Confederation President Ricardo Teixeira will step down.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association named Ron Rosenbaum senior vice president of marketing and business development.

Lagardère Unlimited named Phil Lines head of media for the Europe/Africa region. Lines was a CAA Sports executive.

Tennis
Schneider
Jarrett
World TeamTennis named Natalee Jarrett manager of corporate partnerships and communications and promoted Kerry Schneider to general manager of the Orange County Breakers of the WTT Pro League.

Other
The International Center for Sport Security named Chris Eaton director of sport integrity. Eaton was security director at FIFA.

Livestrong named Jakob Franzen senior director of people and organizational development.

MillerCoors named Ryan Luckey director of innovations and sustainability.

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses named William Flinn executive director.

The Women’s Sports Foundation named U.S. women’s hockey player Angela Ruggiero president-elect and named Larry Scott, commissioner of the Pac-12; Jean Afterman, senior vice president and general manager at the New York Yankees; Terri Austin, chief diversity officer at McGraw-Hill Cos.; and Indiana Fever player Tamika Catchings to its board of trustees.

WWE senior vice president of consumer products Jim Connelly left the company.

People news
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