"Several key positions have been eliminated in a
shuffle at the Corel Centre in the name of efficiency,"
according to Stuart McCarthy of the OTTAWA SUN. ROY MLAKAR,
who had been the Ogden Entertainment-picked President of the
Senators, became President & CEO of both the team and the
Corel Centre. CYRIL LEEDER goes from being President of
Palladium Corp. the building entity which runs the Corel
Centre, to COO of the Corel Centre under Mlakar. STEVE
VIOLETTA becomes Exec VP of the Senators, handling day-to-
day management. Also, Ogden's Dir of Entertainment ROGER
NEWTON, Guest Services Dir DAVE DACRES, CFO CHRIS ST.
GERMAIN, and Ogden Marketing Managers NATALIE COURTENAY &
MICHAEL HAMILTON, "have all been told their positions are
redundant May 15" (Stuart McCarthy, OTTAWA SUN, 4/15).
REGHAN GUPTILL joined the staff of Minor League
Baseball as Manager of the Baseball Trade Show for the
Professional Baseball Promotion Corp., a subsidiary of the
NAPBL (NAPBL)....Raycom Sports announced the hiring of two
new employees -- KEVIN COLLINS, named VP/National Sales, and
DAVID FRY, named Midwest Division Manager, while COLIN SMITH
was promoted to Regional Marketing Manager (Raycom).
.....Dunlop Maxfli Sports Corporation (DMSC) appointed DAVID
VOGRIN and GUY PETERS as its new Marketing Managers for Golf
Balls (DMSC)....SANDY JOHNSON was named Assistant GM for the
D'Backs. Johnson will focus on player development and
scouting (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 4/14)....ALLISON HODGES,
President & co-Founder of Three Point, Inc., has been named
GM of the ABL expansion Chicago franchise (ABL).
PAT O'GRADY, a 12-year exec with Etonic, is leaving the
company, according to Lynn Henning of GOLFWEEK. O'Grady was
hired in '86 as Senior VP & GM at Etonic after 12 years at
FootJoy. When Spalding Sports Worldwide bought Etonic in
'96 O'Grady was made a Senior VP "and assigned the mission
of helping Etonic merge its culture with Spalding's"
(GOLFWEEK, 4/11 issue). Henning also reports that Nike Golf
"is hunting for a new director of marketing following the
resignation last week of ROD TALLMAN." Tallman had been
with Nike since '79 and has headed Nike's golf marketing
division since '94 (GOLFWEEK, 4/11 issue).
KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR is developing a TV movie about the
life of the black inventor LEWIS HOWARD LATIMER, who worked
with THOMAS EDISON on the development of the electric light
bulb (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/15).....Marquee Group CEO BOB
GUTKOWSKI is featured in AD AGE's "On A Roll." His opinion:
"Few advertisers are tapping all the available sponsorship
avenues: harnessing technology for highly effective on-site
advertising, localized commercials and Internet presence"
(AD AGE, 4/13 issue)....Villard Publishing Chief BRIAN
DEFIORE has bought memoirs written by sports agent LEIGH
STEINBERG (N.Y. POST, 4/15)....Dodgers Exec VP FRED CLAIRE
was released from the hospital and is "expected to be fine,"
after suffering from dehydration (L.A. TIMES, 4/15).