NFL Senior VP/Communications NATALIE RAVITZ is no longer with the league after less than two years in the role. Combined with the departure of NFL Exec VP/Communications JOE LOCKART earlier this month, the top two communications execs at the NFL will have left. The league is using Korn Ferry to conduct a search for Lockhart’s replacement. Ravitz prior to the NFL had been with 21st Century Fox, where she handled publicity for RUPERT MURDOCH. NFL COO TOD LEIWEKE in a statement to THE DAILY wrote, “Natalie brought a unique perspective to the NFL and we are grateful for her contributions these past two years. We also understand her desire to go back to work in the media business, which is her true passion." Ravitz attended Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, but people who spoke to her said she did not say at that point that she was leaving the league (Daniel Kaplan, Staff Writer).
EXECS: Concessionaire SSP America named Aramark Head of Business Development GARY JACOBUS Senior VP/Business Development. Jacobus was with Aramark's sports and entertainment division for the past five years. He will be based in the N.Y. suburbs. Jacobus has had previous stints with the NFL, NBA, USTA and IMG (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 2/19 issue)....Northern Arizona Univ. named Washington State Univ. Associate AD & Exec Dir of the Cougar Athletic Fund URI FARKAS Senior Associate AD/External Operations & Development (NAU)....The NBPA elected Pistons F ANTHONY TOLLIVER as Secretary-Treasurer, while Trail Blazers G CJ MCCOLLUM was elected to replace Tolliver as Exec Committee VP. Tolliver replaces former NBAer JAMES JONES, who retired from the league (NBPA).
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