The WTA named MELISSA PINE Championships Tournament Dir. She will oversee the WTA's strategic planning and execution of the Championships in Singapore. Pine for the last two years has worked out of the WTA's London office, where she led all aspects of the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul, coupled with the planning and operations of the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party (WTA).
EXECS: Learfield Sports named former Illinois State Univ. AD GARY FRIEDMAN GM for its KFC Yum! Center Properties (Learfied)....The Single-A Carolina League Salem Red Sox promoted VP/Ticketing RYAN SHELTON to GM, as well as Assistant GM ALLEN LAWRENCE and Dir of Food and Beverage TIM ANDERSON each to VP (Red Sox)....Grambling State Univ. named interim AD AARON JAMES to the position permanently, pending approval by the Univ. of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors (GSU)....Rugby Canada named former Maple Leafs President & GM BRIAN BURKE to its BOD (AP)....Anti-homophobia campaign You Can Play Exec Dir PATRICK BURKE is leaving as the face of the organization and will be replaced by former NFLer WADE DAVIS (NATIONAL POST, 8/20)....DC Media named former MSG, Bobcats and NBA exec GREG ECONOMOU Exec VP & Chief Revenue Officer for Dick Clark Productions. Economou in April left his position as MSG Exec VP/Revenue Performance (THE DAILY)....The Bruins promoted KEITH GRETZKY to Dir of Amateur Scouting. In addition, the team named P.J. AXELSSON European Amateur Scout and KEITH SULLIVAN Amateur Scout (BOSTONHERALD.com, 8/20).
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