SBJ/January 21-27, 2013/People and Pop Culture

People: Executive transactions

Baseball
The New York Mets hired Mark Fine as senior director of marketing. Fine was vice president of live event marketing for the Harlem Globetrotters.

The Arizona Diamondbacks promoted Karina Bohn to vice president of marketing, Josh Simon to ticket operations director, Jamie Gostyla to season-ticket services manager, Brandon Buser to senior CRM analyst and Brendan Domaracki to assistant director of scouting.

The San Diego Padres promoted Tyler Epp to senior vice president of business development, Jarrod Dillon to vice president of corporate partnerships and Jeremy Walls to vice president of ticket sales, service and operations.

The Class AAA International League’s Charlotte Knights named Sean Owens ticket sales and hospitality director, Margie Burleson special events/sales executive, Mark Krizanik account executive and Audrey Stanek sponsorship services manager.

Colleges
Bradley University promoted Heidi Wegmueller to associate athletic director of external affairs and Beth Dean to director of ticketing and apparel.

California State University, Bakersfield, hired Lisa Ravotti as director of ticket sales.

Oral Roberts University hired Jon Klein as director of ticket sales.

Siena College hired Joseph LaVare as director of ticket sales.

St. Mary’s University hired Elizabeth Dalton as athletic director, effective Feb. 11. Dalton is deputy athletic director and senior woman administrator at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Texas A&M University-Commerce hired Ryan Ivey as athletic director. Ivey was associate athletic director at McNeese State University.

Jacksonville University hired Rob Bogardus as associate athletic director for external operations and Todd Vatter as director of athletic media relations. Bogardus was assistant athletic director for external operations at Bradley University, and Vatter was director of athletic communications at Kent State University.

Eastern Tennessee State University Athletic Director Dave Mullins will retire June 30 and become a special assistant to the president for athletics.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga hired Rachel Blunt as director of compliance. Blunt was compliance assistant at Southeast Missouri State University.

Penn State University-Abington named Shawne McCoy athletic recreation director. McCoy was assistant athletic director at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Facilities
Sonoma Raceway named Gary Phillips vice president of marketing.

Silva
Webb
VenuWorks hired Curtis Webb as executive director for the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn., and Michael Silva as general manager for the Convocation Center at California University of Pennsylvania. Webb was general manager for the Ralston Arena in Ralston, Neb., and Silva was general manager for the Cambria County (Pa.) War Memorial.

Football
The Indianapolis Colts named Jimmy Raye vice president of football operations. Raye was player personnel director of the San Diego Chargers.

The Carolina Panthers hired Dave Gettleman as general manager. Gettleman was senior pro personnel analyst for the New York Giants.

The San Diego Chargers hired Tom Telesco as general manager. Telesco was vice president of football operations for the Indianapolis Colts.

Golf
Billy Casper Golf named Frank Denniston vice president of food and beverage and national partnerships.

Marketing
Collegiate Consulting promoted Heather Ould to chief operations officer and hired Jason Lai as vice president of ticket sales and services and Megan Graves as client services coordinator.
 
Media
Greechan
Tupelo-Honey Raycom promoted Jennifer Greechan to executive producer of all live sports programming.

BermanBraun hired Jeff Berman as president. Berman was general manager of digital media for the NFL.

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment hired Bruce Gilbert as senior vice president of sports operations. Gilbert was vice president of news, talk and sports programming for CBS Radio Dallas.

Ustream hired Joellen Ferrer as director of communications. Ferrer was head of U.S. communications for StubHub.

Sports USA Media hired Bob Moore as president.

Fox Sports Networks named Francois McGillicuddy senior vice president and general manager of Fox Sports Ohio. McGillicuddy was vice president of finance and business operations for Speed.

Tim Griggs left his position as general manager and senior vice president of Root Sports in Denver.

Olympics
Canadian Paralympic Committee Chief Executive Officer and Director General Henry Storgaard stepped down.

Olympic Committee of Israel President Zvi Varshaviak will step down effective in February.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Prince Global Sports hired Miguel Rosa as business development manager for Latin America. Rosa was with the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
Jones
The San Diego Sports Commission hired Kyle Jones as sales manager. Jones was senior sales manager at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley.

Tennis
The Women’s Tennis Association promoted Matthew Cenedella to chief operating officer, Ashley Keber to vice president of player relations and player development, Emily Wright to senior director of sponsorship marketing, Melissa Pine to director of WTA Events and Eva Scheumann to manager of sports sciences and medicine operations.

Reel
The ATP Tour promoted Jeff Reel to general counsel.

Other
Bridgestone Americas executive director of motorsports Al Speyer will retire after 38 years with Bridgestone and Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.

DEI Holdings hired Blair Tripodi as chief marketing officer of its Polk, Definitive Technology, and BOOM Movement business units. Tripodi was managing director of Under Armour Europe.

England Rugby 2015 named Joanna Manning-Cooper communications and marketing director. Manning-Cooper was head of public relations and media for LOCOG.

American Gaming Association President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Fahrenkopf will step down from his position, effective June 30.

Koken
FanVision promoted Tasso Koken to chief executive officer.

The Upper Deck Co. named Jason Masherah president, after the death of co-founder and Chairman Richard McWilliam.

Awards and Boards
Coverity named Fred Gerson, San Diego Padres executive vice president and chief financial officer, to its board of directors as chairman of the board’s audit committee.

The Orange Bowl named Sunrise Sports & Entertainment President Michael Yormark a member of the Orange Bowl Committee.

Sports Car Club of America named Lisa Noble board chairman, Dick Patullo vice chairman, Todd Butler secretary, Michael Lewis treasurer, John Walsh assistant treasurer and Jerry Wannarka as the fifth member of the executive committee.

People news
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