STEPHEN PERRY is scheduled to announce this afternoon his plans to retire as Pro Football HOF President & Exec Dir after seven years running the museum. The HOF in a press release to be issued later today confirmed it had hired executive search firm Korn/Ferry to find a replacement. Perry will remain in his position until his successor is named, the press release said. Perry plans to spend time with his family and will be an emeritus member of the HOF’s BOD. SportsBusiness Journal first reported the development in May (Daniel Kaplan, Staff Writer).
BOWLED OVER: Twitter named PBA CEO GEOFF REISS Head of Sports Partnerships. He will report to Twitter VP/Media CHLOE SLADDEN. It is "unclear whether Reiss will be based" in S.F. or N.Y., where "many sports leagues and media companies are based" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/2 issue). The PBA named Reiss to its BOD, effective next Monday. PBA Commissioner TOM CLARK will assume day-to-day management responsibility for the organization (PBA).
EXECS: Baseball America Exec Editor JIM CALLIS has left the magazine after 23 years to cover prospects and the MLB Draft for MLB.com (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer)....Sources said that the Spurs hired ESPN recruiting analyst DAVE TELEP as an NBA Draft scouting coordinator. Telep will report to Spurs GM R.C. BUFORD (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 9/1)....REI named Coach President & COO JERRY STRITZKE to the same position (REI)....Premier Partnerships named ERIK RASK Corporate Partnerships Assistant (Premier)....Freight forwarding and customs brokerage company Delmar Int'l named former NHLer MATHIEU DARCHE Dir of Business Development & PR. Darche does not "rule out a career in hockey management." He was an "impressive, important voice" on NHLPA Exec Dir DON FEHR's negotiating team during CBA talks, but in hockey "found neither the right boardroom fit nor the challenge he sought." He will "continue as a studio hockey analyst for RDS and expects to be a regular visitor to the Bell Centre, where Delmar, sponsor of TSN Radio 690's Canadiens post-game show, has a loge for business entertainment" (Montreal GAZETTE, 9/2).
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