The USOPC has hired LUELLA CHAVEZ D'ANGELO as its new Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, sources said, a new position that combines the prior duties of former CMO LISA BAIRD and Chief of External Affairs PATRICK SANDUSKY. Chavez D'Angelo is currently a senior advisor for Westmeath Global Communications, according to her LinkedIn profile, and before that she was Vice Chancellor of Enterprise Development at the Univ. of Colorado-South Denver and Chief Communications Officer for Western Union. Most USOPC marketing is now run by U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Properties, the USOPC-LA28 joint venture overseen by LA28 CRO KATHY CARTER. According to the job posting first published three months ago, Chavez D'Angelo will oversee all communications, public affairs, government relationships, brand/reputation and digital/social strategy (Ben Fischer, THE DAILY).
NEW GUY IN TOWN: The NFL named BRENDON PLACK Senior VP/Public Policy & Government Affairs. Plack was most recently Chief of Staff to U.S. Sen JOHN THUNE (R-S.D.) and has spent 15 years in the senate. Plack fills a position that had been vacant since July '18, when JOCELYN MOORE was promoted to Exec VP/Communications & Public Affairs. Plack will report to Moore and work out of the league's DC office (Fischer).
EXECS: Under Armour Senior VP/Corporate Communications KELLY MCCORMICK has stepped down. McCormick began working as a consultant to UA in May '17 then took over corporate communications in January '18. She will stay on as an adviser to UA and Founder, Chair & CEO KEVIN PLANK (BALTIMORE SUN, 9/9)....Eiger Marketing Group named KYLE DRAPER VP/Partnerships. Draper will manage sales and partnerships for the LPGA Pelican Women's Championship presented by DEX Imaging, a new event in Tampa in May (THE DAILY)....The NBA G League Windy City Bulls promoted assistant coach and manager of basketball operations JOSH KREIBICH to GM (NBCSPORTS.com, 9/6)....360PR+ named ERIN WEINBERG GM of its N.Y. office. Weinberg has spent several years in senior management roles at both United Entertainment Group and Taylor Strategy (360PR+)....Knox Sports named Collabera Account Manager KAITLYN MCMAHON Manager of New Business (THE DAILY).
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