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People: Executive transactions

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Baseball
The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Michael Wandell as senior vice president of corporate sponsorships. Wandell was vice president of international business development and global market partnerships for the NBA.

Basketball
The Chicago Bulls promoted Arnold Lee to assistant athletic trainer and hired Shawn Respert as director of player development.

The NBA G League Agua Caliente Clippers promoted Dee Brown to general manager, in addition to his role as director of player programs of the Los Angeles Clippers, and hired Kyne Sheehy as director of sales, Cara Wright as director of business operations, Heath Bennett as president and Scott Schroeder as director of basketball operations.

The NBA G League Delaware 87ers promoted Matt Lilly to director of basketball operations and scouting, and named Elton Brand general manager.

Colleges
The University of Massachusetts promoted Darrice Griffin to deputy athletic director, Jeff Smith to senior associate athletic director for sport administration and internal operations, Matt Komer to director of student academic success, Joe Connolly to assistant athletic director for sports performance, Jennifer Brodeur to director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer, and Sean Quinn to associate athletic director for finance and administration, and named Joan Hopkins associate athletic director for student-athlete development and Kate DiSanto assistant athletic director for administration.

The Big 12 Conference hired Kelvin Smith as senior associate commissioner and general counsel, and Catrina Gibson as controller. Smith was vice president of business and legal affairs for Learfield, and Gibson was associate commissioner and chief financial officer for Conference USA.

University of Texas at El Paso Athletic Director Bob Stull will retire.

Appalachian State University hired Bret Strelow as a director for strategic communications.

Fairfield University named Paul Schlickmann athletic director. Schlickmann was athletic director at Central Connecticut State University.

Grambling State University hired Brian Howard as sports information director. Howard was director of athletic strategic communications at Alabama State University.

The University of New Mexico named Eddie Nuñez athletic director. Nuñez was deputy athletic director at Louisiana State University.

University of Virginia executive associate athletic director Jon Oliver is leaving the athletic department to pursue other opportunities.

Yale University Athletic Director Thomas Beckett will retire in June.

Hockey
The Buffalo Sabres promoted Chris Bandura to vice president of media relations and Rich Jureller to vice president of community relations.

The Florida Panthers promoted Nicole Meloff to vice president of client service, John Markiewicz to vice president of ticket sales, Adam Summerell to vice president of ticket operations and Stephen Gerhard to senior director of group sales and development.

Marketing
Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment promoted within its client services division Michelle Folts to senior director, Michael Miller to director, Samuel Park to senior manager and Vincent Yeager and Chester Maxson to account managers.

Media
Motorsport Network named Dominic Good to its international ad sales and commercial team and named Adam Waxman vice president of digital sales and partnerships, Adam Mills global commercial director, Chris Ruppel director of sales, Guido Hakkenberg international sales manager and Matteo Bisicchia marketing and commercial director for France.

SULLIVAN
NBC Sports Regional Networks promoted Brett Sullivan to director of national digital sales. Sullivan was CSN Mid-Atlantic digital sales manager.

Motorsports
The International Motor Sports Association hired Gregg Elkin as director of communications. Elkin was media relations manager for Texas Motor Speedway.

Other
Virtual reality firm Strivr hired Nathaniel Jewell as chief financial officer.

EBay promoted Scott Cutler to senior vice president of the Americas. Cutler was president of eBay-owned StubHub.

Combate Americas hired Mike Pine as chief revenue officer. Pine was general manager of integrated partnerships for FanDuel.

People news
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