ESPN promoted VP/Marketing AARON TAYLOR to Senior VP/Marketing, replacing CAROL KRUSE, whose contract was not renewed. An ESPN spokesperson said, "In contemplating a renewed commitment to ESPN, Carol decided to pursue other business opportunities." Taylor will be responsible for developing and managing all aspects of the ESPN brand, including domestic TV, digital, radio and print media assets. Taylor most recently managed the development of marketing strategies behind ESPN's "MNF" and other NFL-related programming, as well as ESPN’s coverage of the NBA, MLB, soccer, golf and tennis (THE DAILY).
EXECS: The Browns named Seahawks and MLS Sounders Dir of Fan Development KEVIN GRIFFIN VP/Fan Experience & Marketing (Browns)....The Eagles "did not renew the contract" of Dir of Pro Personnel LOUIS RIDDICK (PHILLY.com, 5/7)....The 49ers promoted Pro Personnel Scout QUENTUS CUMBY to Assistant Dir of Pro Personnel (49ers)....The T'Wolves "fired five scouts," including Int'l Scouting Dir of Player Personnel PETE PHILO, regional scouts J.T. PRADA, CURTIS CRAWFORD and STEVE GORDON, and special-assignment scout WILL CONROY (STARTRIBUNE.com, 5/8)....USA Luge named CLAIRE DELNEGRO interim CEO. The NGB "continues to search for a full-time CEO" (AP, 5/8)....The Univ. of Michigan promoted Dir of Football Operations BOB LOPEZ to Associate AD/Football and named Northwestern Univ. Dir of Football Operations NOLAN JONES to the same position (DETROIT NEWS, 5/9).
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