People: Executive transactions
West Virginia University promoted Matt Wells to assistant athletic director for marketing and sales.
Circuit of the Americas named David Sweazy vice president of operations, Paul Thornton director of event procurement and Eric Love director of travel services.
The San Diego Chargers hired Rod Emmons as senior director of premium seat sales. Emmons was director of suite sales and service for the Charlotte Bobcats.
The St. Louis Rams hired Brian Killingsworth as vice president of marketing and brand strategy. Killingsworth was senior director of marketing and promotions for the Tampa Bay Rays.
KemperSports promoted Doug Hellman to senior vice president of business development and Dave Goltz to vice president and corporate counsel.
Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference launched a sports and entertainment practice and hired Edward Schauder to run it.
IMRE hired Marty Conway as vice president of sports.
JMI formed a strategy and consulting division with Aled Rees as senior vice president of strategy and consulting and Mark Myers as senior director of strategy and consulting.
Univision Communications promoted Jeff Browning to senior vice president for network sales.
ESPN hired Steve Fainaru as a senior writer for ESPN digital and print media. Fainaru was managing editor for news and editor-in-chief of The Bay Citizen.
Comcast SportsNet Chicago hired Jill Mahmarian as national sales manager. Mahmarian was a senior account executive for Home Team Sports.
Octane Motorsports Events hired Ike Janacek as general manager for the Izod IndyCar Series Edmonton Indy. Janacek was general manager of the Sutton Place Hotel and co-chair of DMF Downtown Cluster.
Awards and Boards
Mattel elected Trevor Edwards, Nike vice president of global brand and category management, to its board of directors.
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