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People: Executive transactions

Minor League Baseball named Eric Chisholm to its corporate partnerships division. Chisholm was director of sales and strategic alliances at School of the Legends.

The Phoenix Suns promoted Zaheer Benjamin to vice president of business planning and basketball analytics, Dan Costello to vice president of sales and activation, Nina Daily to vice president of marketing, Carlissa Henry to vice president of sales and operations, and Aaron Nelson to vice president of athletic care and head athletic trainer, and hired Steve Reese as vice
president and chief information technologist.

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx named Brad Ruiter vice president of communications. Ruiter was a media consultant.

The Atlantic 10 promoted Lucas Feller to assistant commissioner for championships, Tom Waterman to operations assistant for championships and media relations, and gave senior associate commissioner Ed Pasque the added responsibilities of external brand management and marketing. The Atlantic 10 also hired Henry Archuleta for the newly created position of director of compliance and Beth Bradley as an administrator.

Florida Gulf Coast University named Jason MacBain director of athletic communications. MacBain was sports information director at St. Bonaventure University.

Long Beach State University promoted Roger Kirk to assistant athletic director of media relations.

Ohio University named Ryan White senior associate athletic director for development. White was associate director for the Virginia Athletics Foundation at the University of Virginia.

Syracuse University named Joe Giansante executive senior associate athletic director for external affairs/chief communications officer. Giansante was director of media and communications for the Triton Management/Endeavor Capital Group.

Miami University named Dave Meyer assistant athletic director for athletic communications. Meyer was assistant director for athletic communications at Bowling Green State University.

Mississippi State University named Leah Beasley assistant athletic director for marketing. Beasley was associate athletic director at Louisiana Tech University.

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke promoted Patrick Sterk to associate athletic director for compliance, business operations and administration.

The University of Texas at San Antonio named Tamica Smith-Jones senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. Smith-Jones was athletic director at Clark Atlanta University.

GroupM ESP hired Andrew Shahadi as vice president and Nathaniel Walsh as account director.

USA Gymnastics promoted Scott Bregman to director of content and communications.

USA Wrestling national teams director Mitch Hull stepped down from the position. Hull will be executive director of the Wisconsin Regional Training Center.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Arena North America named Chris Duplanty director of sales.

Nike promoted Craig Cheek to vice president of men’s training and named Reenie Benziger vice president of young athletes.

CytoSport named Rob King chief executive officer. King was president of North America at Pepsi Bottling Group. hired David Marcus as senior vice president of partnerships and Eric Wilson as vice president of technology and product.

Teneo Strategy named Kristina Schaefer a managing director. Schaefer was senior vice president of consulting and head of Olympic clients for IMG.

Awards and Boards
The DeVos National Policy Advisory Board named Tony Schiller chairman. Schiller is a founding partner at Paragon Marketing Group.

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