MSG yesterday announced internally that MSG Sports President DAVE HOWARD is "exiting the company." Howard was viewed "as a contender for the top MSG CEO position that went to TAD SMITH" after HANK RATNER stepped down in February. Howard had been in his position at MSG for one year and previously served as Mets Exec VP/Business Operations (NYPOST.com, 6/2).
MOVIN' ON UP: Nike promoted VP & GM/Global Basketball CRAIG ZANON to VP & GM/Men's Training. Zanon held his previous position since '07, when he replaced LARRY MILLER. Nike VP & GM/North America Basketball MICHAEL JACKSON will assume the role of VP & GM/Global Basketball. Nike also moved VP & GM/U.K. & Ireland MARC VAN PAPPELENDAM to VP & GM/Central & Eastern Europe and VP & GM/Russia JIM REYNOLDS to VP & GM/Japan (OREGONLIVE.com, 6/2).
EXECS: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Tripp Mickle reports Circuit of the Americas named Procter & Gamble's Duracell Marketing Dir DOMINIC IACONO CMO. COTA Chief Revenue Officer GEOFF MOORE, who previously oversaw the marketing division, "will oversee ticket, hospitality and sponsorship sales." Both execs will report to COTA CEO JASON DIAL (SPORTSBUISNESS JOURNAL, 6/2 issue)....Barclays Center named Nets Senior Dir of Premium Sales JOHN BAIER VP/Ticket Sales for the Islanders. Baier will oversee all ticket sales for the team's upcoming move to Barclays Center for the '15-16 NHL season (Barclays Center)....Lammi Sports Management named BECKY VALCQ General Counsel, effective June 16 (LSM).....The Redskins promoted Pro Personnel Assistant ALEX SANTOS to Dir of Pro Personnel, "filling the void" created when MOROCCO BROWN accepted a position with the Browns (WASHINGTON POST, 6/1)....The OHL Plymouth Whalers promoted MIKE VELLUCCI to Assistant GM & Dir of Hockey Operations, DENNIS MOORE to Whalers and Compuware Arena President & CFO, and MIKE HENRY to Compuware Arena VP & GM (DETROIT NEWS, 6/1)....USA Hockey named NBC Olympics Digital Producer RACHEL SCHWARTZ Social Media & Digital Content Coordinator (USA Hockey)....The CIAA named Fayetteville State Univ. Assistant AD/Media Relations and Game Operations Manager ADRIAN FERGUSON Associate Commissioner of Media Relations, effective July 1 (CIAA).
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