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People: Executive transactions


The Omaha Storm Chasers, Class AAA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, promoted Martie Cordaro to president and general manager.

The Kansas City Royals named Tim Conroy and Jim Fregosi Jr. as special assistants to the general manager.

The Jacksonville Suns, Class AA affiliate of the Florida Marlins, promoted Chris Peters to general manager and Casey Nichols to assistant general manager.

The Big East named Jeff Hathaway consultant to the commissioner of men’s basketball. Hathaway was athletic director at the University of Connecticut.

The University of Rhode Island named Marnie Dacko coordinator for marketing, development and special projects for women’s athletics.

The University of Alabama hired Shane Lyons as deputy athletic director. Lyons was an associate commissioner at the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Canadian Football League named Sara Moore vice president of marketing. Moore was vice president of marketing at Mobilicity.

The Fore!Kids Foundation named Steve Worthy chief executive officer and tournament director of the Zurich Classic. Worthy was the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tournament director at the Monterey Peninsula Foundation.


The American Hockey League hired Michael Murray as vice president of hockey operations. Murray was vice president of hockey operations for the ECHL.

The Buffalo Sabres named Cliff Benson chief development officer.

The AHL Chicago Wolves promoted Stefanie Starck to director of program development.

Matter, Edelman Sports & Entertainment Marketing hired Brian Walker as vice president of communications.

MKTG Inc. promoted Lindsay Rowe to director of sales and marketing and hired Bryan Duffy as executive vice president of sales and marketing.

Team Epic promoted Bryan McDowell to senior vice president, Todd Morris to director and Erica Calhoun to senior manager.

The Aspire Group named Melissa Altmix ticket sales consultant.

Wasserman Media Group hired Amy Krauss as the North American lead for the company’s PepsiCo consulting business. Krauss was an account director at GroupM ESP.

Spike TV named Jon Slusser senior vice president of sports and multiplatform programming.

ESPN promoted Freddy Rolón to vice president of programming and business initiatives for ESPN Deportes and hired David Cho as director of business development for and Jennifer Vescio as vice president of business development.

Fox Sports Detroit named Lauren Pober director of marketing. Pober was strategic marketing manager for the Florida Panthers.

CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer will step down from his position, effective Dec. 31.

Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing hired Vicki Lopez as an account executive for business development.

The Columbus Crew hired Megan Kingston as advertising and promotions manager, Tara Herold as fan retention coordinator, Meghan McInnes as accounting clerk and Desiree Perez as partnership marketing coordinator.

Sporting Goods and Apparel

Nike hired Michael Egeck as chief executive officer for Hurley International. Egeck was president of True Religion Brand Jeans.

SKLZ established a separate position for chief financial officer and hired Stefan Karnavas. Karnavas was chief financial officer at Semtek Corp. Jeff Slovak, formerly CFO and chief operating officer, remains COO.

Li Ning named Lu Ning chief operating officer.


The National Alliance for Youth Sports named Julie Toland as national Hook a Kid on Golf program coordinator.

Junior Sports Corp. named Raymond Roessel executive director of Asia. He most recently was the vice president of golf East Asia for World Sport Group.

Discover promoted Jennifer Murillo to vice president of brand communications.

Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. named Bob Wagner corporate vice president of strategic alliances and Scott Tanner corporate vice president of sales. Wagner was senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the Anaheim Ducks and the Honda Center, and Tanner was director of sport development for USA Water Polo.

Awards and Boards

Phoenix Suns Charities named Allan Allford, Philip Dion and Heather Garboden to its board of directors.

People news
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