People: Executive transactions
The Southeastern Conference named Sean Cartell and Chevonne Mansfield assistant directors of media relations. Cartell was assistant director of communications at the University of Florida, and Mansfield was assistant director of communications at the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The Fresno State Bulldog Foundation promoted Dan McLean to assistant athletic director for development, Tyler Mariucci to director of major gifts and Jennifer Jory to assistant director of major gifts.
Georgia State University hired Jamie Boggs as senior associate athletic director for compliance and sports services and senior woman administrator. Boggs was assistant athletic director for compliance at Duke University.
Purdue University hired Chris Peludat as assistant athletic director for marketing and ticketing and Calvin Williams as assistant athletic director for sport administration. Peludat was associate athletic director for ticket sales and operations at the Air Force Academy, and Williams was athletic director at Bluford Drew Jemison Academy.
AEG promoted Ignacio Guerra to vice president of parking operations and Joe Herrera to senior director of human resources; Devon Murray to senior production manager at Staples Center; and Cara Vanderhook to director of communications
Racecourse Media Group named Ed Gretton director of racing. Gretton was clerk of the Course at Chester and Bangor-on-Dee racecourses.
The Marketing Arm named Stephanie Cohen vice president of business development for its Davie Brown Entertainment practice. Cohen was vice president of Universal Studios Partnerships.
Shamrock Sports and Entertainment hired Nicolle Meyer as an account director. Meyer was director of marketing, sponsorship and community relations for the Class A Midwest League’s South Bend (Ind.) Silver Hawks.
NBC named Jim Bell, “Today Show” executive producer, executive producer for the 2012 Olympic Games. Former NBC Sports Chair Dick Ebersol will serve as a senior adviser to Mark Lazarus on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and 2012 Olympics coverage.
Thebus Entertainment hired Shawn Bouley as chief executive officer and Chris Hayden as chief operating officer. Co-founder Eric Winston will serve as chief sports officer.
Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment named Jamie Spencer executive vice president of sales. Spencer was vice president of customer sales and service for the Minnesota Wild.
Diamond Sports & Entertainment promoted Brian MacInnes to chief executive officer.
Palace Sports & Entertainment hired Dennis Mannion as president. Mannion was previously president of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bob Condron, U.S. Olympic Committee director of media services, will retire at the end of the year.
USA Hockey named Peter Ward director of player personnel for its national team development program.
The Canadian Olympic Committee named Chris Overholt chief executive officer and secretary general, Derek Kent chief marketing officer, Caroline Assalian chief sports officer and Jolan Storch general counsel and business development adviser.
The Columbus Crew hired Kait Harnish as a season-ticket account executive and Ben Wang as database marketing coordinator.
The Barclays Premier League’s Queens Park Rangers named Philip Beard chief executive officer. Beard was the director of marketing and sponsorship for the London Olympic Games organizing committee and chief executive officer for the O2 Arena.
The Barclays Premier League’s Sunderland AFC hired Mike Farnan as international and national marketing director. Farnan was director of RedStrike Marketing.
Sporting Goods and Apparel
Easton Sports hired John Graham as senior vice president of commerce. Graham was commercial director of action sports for Nike.
Holden named Ben Pruess chief executive officer. Pruess was global vice president of Adidas Originals.
Bite Tech hired Mark Mastalir as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. Mastalir was formerly chief executive officer for OptionIt.
The Coleman Co. named Robert Marcovitch president and chief executive officer. Marcovitch was president and chief executive officer for K2 Sports.
Global Turf Equipment named Larry Willis regional account manager. Willis was director of sales and marketing for United Turf Care.
USA Field Hockey promoted Katelyn Nerbonne to senior and junior national teams manager and hired Simone Attles as marketing coordinator.
Awards and Boards
Rick Welts, Phoenix Suns president and chief executive officer, was named a U.S. Tennis Association 2011 Icon Award honoree.
The Finish Line named Torrence Boone, Google managing director of agency business development, to its board of directors.
USA Volleyball named Kenneth Shropshire, director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Sue Mailhot, commissioner of the Great Plains Region Volleyball Association, to its board of directors.
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