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People: Executive transactions

The WNBA’s Atlanta Dream hired Sarah Ryan as sponsorship sales consultant.

The Charlotte Bobcats promoted Larry Jordan to director of player personnel.

The Denver Nuggets named Arturas Karnisovas assistant general manager. Karnisovas was a player personnel executive for the Houston Rockets.

The Orlando Magic named Travis Apple senior director of ticket sales. Apple was director of new business development for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Fairmont State University named Chad Fowler to the newly created position of assistant athletic director for development.

Northwestern State University named Adam Jonson associate athletic director for external relations and executive director of the NSU Athletic Association. Jonson was assistant athletic director for ticketing and operations at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

Northern Illinois University named Sean Frazier associate vice president and athletic director. Frazier was deputy director of athletics for the University of Wisconsin.

Florida International University named Sean Todd director of football operations. Todd was director of football operations for Florida Atlantic University.

St. John’s University named Alioune Ndiaye women’s basketball video coordinator. Ndiaye was assistant coach at Dowling College.

The U.S. Sports Academy named Stephen Butler dean of academic affairs.

The University of Memphis named Jason Gray assistant athletic director for compliance. Gray was senior associate athletic director for compliance at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Virginia Tech University hired Robert Harris as director of men’s basketball operations.

American Airlines Center named Andrew Silverman chief revenue officer. Silverman was senior vice president of sales and service for the Miami Marlins.

The Green Bay Packers hired Tony Fisher as player/alumni senior coordinator. Fisher is a former running back for the Packers.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers promoted Ben Milsom to chief ticketing officer, Deno Anagnost to director of sales and Terry Roy to group sales manager.

The Detroit Red Wings named Tyler Wright director of amateur scouting. Wright was director of amateur scouting for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads named Dirk Manley director of new business and Audrey Adair and Steven Anderson account executives.

The Philadelphia Flyers named Ron Hextall assistant general manager and director of hockey operations. Hextall was vice president and assistant general manager for the Los Angeles Kings.

Coyne Public Relations named Heather Krug general manager of Coyne West Coast and senior vice president.

GMR Marketing hired Julie Yenichek as vice president of client management, replacing Sarah Davis, who left the agency. Yenichek was director of public relations for Lowe’s.

Lagardère Unlimited promoted Ben Harrison to senior vice president of golf.

Fox Sports Arizona named Jeff England local sales manager. England was president and market manager for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment in Phoenix.

The Williams F1 Team named Pat Symonds chief technical officer, effective Aug. 19. Symonds was technical consultant for the Marussia F1 Team.

Multiteam Companies
Insignia Sports & Entertainment hired Brett Ehrlich as vice president of corporate partnerships and media sales.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Columbia Sportswear named Russ Hopcus to the newly created position of senior vice president of North American sales. Hopcus was vice president of global sales and market development for Keen.

Fanatics named Paul Volen vice president of business operations.

LaCrosse Footwear President Robert Sasaki stepped down from the position.

Awards and Boards
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics named Mike Alden president, Jim Phillips first vice president, Tim Selgo second vice president, Chris Plonsky third vice president, and Don Tencher secretary. Greg Byrne, Brenda Hampton, Marcus Manning, Lee Reed and Jack Sullivan were also selected as members of the executive committee.

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