SBJ/May 21-27, 2012/People and Pop Culture

People: Executive transactions

Los Angeles Dodgers Chief Financial Officer Peter Wilhelm resigned.

The Houston Astros hired Samir Mayur as director of business development.

The Minnesota Timberwolves hired Bob Stanke as director of interactive services.

John Marinatto resigned as commissioner of the Big East Conference.

Cowley College hired Richard Speas as athletic director. Speas was athletic director at Blinn Junior College.

Kennesaw State University hired Erin Kerr as director of athletic development. Kerr was assistant director of athletic development at Wake Forest University.

Oakland University promoted Adrian Kowal to assistant athletic director for compliance, Gordie Lindsay to assistant athletic director for development, Scott MacDonald to assistant athletic director for communications and Elisabeth Putnam to assistant athletic director for facilities and operations.

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference named Joe Novak director of hockey operations. Novak was assistant athletic director for events management at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Central Methodist University hired Kenneth Oliver as vice president for institutional growth and student engagement. Oliver will remain athletic director at Texas A&M University-Kingsville through June 15.

The University at Buffalo hired Danny White as athletic director. White was senior associate athletic director at the University of Mississippi.

The University of Central Florida hired Andy Seeley as assistant athletic director for communications. Seeley was associate director of athletic communications at the University of Minnesota.

The University of Portland hired Scott Leykam as athletic director. Leykam was senior associate commissioner for external relations for the West Coast Conference.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee named Andy Geiger athletic director. Geiger was formerly athletic director at Ohio State University.

Western Kentucky University promoted Todd Stewart to athletic director. Stewart was senior associate athletic director.

St. Bonaventure University promoted Jason MacBain to sports information director.

Michigan International Speedway promoted Kelly Daniels to director of accounting.

George Martin resigned as NFL Alumni Association executive director and NFL Alumni Foundation chief executive officer.

The Arena Football League’s Arizona Rattlers organization hired Ronny Henderson as director of marketing. Henderson was chairman and vice president of development for Arizona’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program.

The Chicago Blackhawks promoted Norm Maciver to assistant general manager.

The American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch hired Amanda Johnston as sponsorship services manager. Johnston was marketing and sales coordinator for Venture Sales Group.

Horse Racing
Breeders’ Cup Ltd. named Robert Elliston chief operating officer. Elliston was president and chief executive officer for Turfway Park.

Team Epic promoted Brian Nelson to associate.

CBS Sports Network named Greg Trager vice president of programming. Trager was vice president of programming and production for the Sportsman Channel.

The American Le Mans Series named Jamie Kimbrough director of public relations.

Multiteam Companies
Palace Sports & Entertainment hired Doug Wernert as manager of brand networks. Wernert was an account supervisor for Weber Shandwick.

Aramark named Eric Foss chief executive officer and president, replacing Joseph Neubauer, who will remain the chairman of the company. Foss was chief executive officer for Pepsi Beverages Co.

Awards and Boards
United Way Worldwide named Marc Bluestein, Aquarius Sports and Entertainment founder and president, to its U.S. board of trustees.

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