SBJ/April 16-22, 2012/People and Pop Culture

People: Executive transactions

Baseball
The Arizona Diamondbacks named Katie Krause manager of corporate communications.

The Cleveland Indians hired Ryan Robbins as director of premium seating. Robbins was director of premium seating for the Oakland Raiders.

Jay Lucas, Houston Astros senior vice president of communications, left the club. His duties were shifted to Kathleen Clark, vice president of marketing and strategy.

Basketball
Gibson
The Seattle Storm hired Dan Gibson as vice president of marketing partnerships and Kristina Ciari as senior manager of marketing partnerships.

Colleges
McNeese State University sports information director Louis Bonnette will retire, effective July 1.

The University of Mount Union named Lenny Reich assistant to the athletic director for communications and marketing.

The University of Nevada hired Robyn Sharp as director of development for athletics. Sharp was executive director of the City Club of Central Oregon.

Northern Arizona University hired Lisa Campos as vice president for intercollegiate athletics. Campos was senior associate athletic director at the University of Texas at El Paso.

The University of Southern Mississippi named Brian Morrison associate athletic director for major gifts. Morrison was development officer for the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation.

Football
The Buffalo Bills promoted Allison Hojnowski to manager of community relations and Preston Teague to senior manager of community relations and youth football. Mary Owen, Bills executive vice president of strategic planning, will oversee the team’s community relations department.

Media
Univision named Rob Thun executive vice president of business operations and Renee Plato senior vice president of digital distribution, both for the network’s distribution sales and marketing team. Thun was senior vice president of content for AT&T U-Verse, and Plato was vice president of digital distribution for ESPN.

Lammi Sports Management hired Pete Monfre as senior vice president of sales.

Motorsports
International Speedway Corp. promoted Daryl Wolfe to senior vice president and chief marketing officer.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Under Armour hired Karl-Heinz Maurath as president of Under Armour International, effective in September; Jim Hardy Jr. as chief supply chain officer; and Fred Knowles as senior vice president of human resources.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
Arthur
The Delaware Sports Commission named David Arthur executive director.

Other
Ludus Tours promoted Brian Melekian to executive vice president of operations and strategy.

The WWE hired Brian Flinn as senior vice president of marketing. Flinn was senior vice president of marketing for the NBA.

Awards and Boards
The International Association of Venue Managers named Kim Bedier second vice chair of the IAVM board of directors. Bedier is general manager for Comcast Arena in Everett, Wash.

The Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition named Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resorts president and chief executive officer, and Blaise Carrig, Vail Resorts co-president, to its board of directors.

The Women’s Tennis Association named to its global advisory council Bessie Lee, GroupM China chief executive officer; Winston Lord, former U.S. ambassador to China; Bruce Rockowitz, Li & Fung Ltd. group president and chief executive officer; and William Pfeiffer, Dragongate Entertainment chief executive officer and founder.

The San Diego Bowl Game Association named John Wertz president of the 2012 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Former president Chuck Wasker was named chairman of the board, Bill Geppert president-elect, Renee Davies secretary and Shannon Rimmereid treasurer.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation named Charles Marshall chairman of the board of directors, Kevin Payne vice chairman, Charles Stimson treasurer and David Sutphen secretary.

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