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People: Executive transactions

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association named Dr. Jeffrey Anderson independent administrator of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Anderson is director of sports medicine and head team physician at the University of Connecticut.

The Los Angeles Dodgers named Bob Wolfe executive vice president. Wolfe was executive vice president for the Washington Nationals.

Georgia State University hired Matthew Newhouse as assistant athletic director for marketing. Newhouse was director of field marketing for GamePlan Financial Marketing.

Northeastern University hired Vincent Civian as associate director of leadership gifts for athletics. Civian was assistant director of the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation at Old Dominion University.

Northeastern State University hired Cedrique Flemming as assistant athletic director for media relations. Flemming was a media relations assistant at the University of Tulsa.

KnightFM named Daniel Waltenburg president and chief operating officer and Dennis Argyle chief financial officer.

The Detroit Lions hired Rob Wooley as director of community affairs and Detroit Lions Charities. Wooley was manager of cause marketing and community relations for the NHL.

The Atlanta Falcons promoted Jim Smith to senior vice president of sales and marketing.

The Football Bowl Association hired Wright Waters as executive director. Waters was formerly commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference.

The Chicago Bears promoted Chris Ballard to director of pro scouting and Marty Barrett to director of college scouting.

The Carolina Hurricanes promoted Ron Francis to vice president of hockey operations and Jason Karmanos to executive vice president and assistant general manager.

The Edmonton Oilers named Craig MacTavish senior vice president of hockey operations. MacTavish was head coach of the American Hockey League Chicago Wolves.

Evolution Group hired Omonuwa Obaseki as director of basketball operations.

Scout Sports and Entertainment hired Mia Juhng as account supervisor for business development.

ESPN named Monica Diaz vice president of diversity, inclusion and work life. Diaz was global diversity and inclusion director for Microsoft.

Fox Networks Group promoted Kelly Cline to executive vice president of business and legal affairs, entertainment for Fox Cable Networks; Matthew Bensen to FCN senior vice president of business and legal affairs, network distribution; and Phillip Gharabegian to FCN senior vice president of business and legal affairs, sports.

NBC Entertainment hired Robert Hayes as executive vice president of digital media. Hayes was chief operating officer for Iconic Entertainment.

News Corp. and ESPN announced that Peter Hutton is becoming ESPN Star Sports managing director, replacing Manu Sawhney, as part of News Corp.’s purchase of ESPN’s 50 percent equity in ESPN Star Sports. Sawhney will remain with the company until Aug. 31 to assist with the transition. Hutton was senior vice president of sports for Fox International Channels.

Front Row Motorsports named Michael Laheta director of marketing and business affairs and William Sturgill director of business development.

Multiteam Companies
Fenway Sports Management and the Boston Red Sox hired Adam Grossman as senior vice president of marketing and brand development for both organizations. Grossman was senior vice president of public affairs for the Miami Dolphins.

Stadium Management Co. promoted Jim Burlew to general manager, Jeff Weber to facilities manager and Jim Douglass to director of sales.


Palace Sports and Entertainment hired Justin Trapp as director of advertising and promotions. Trapp was a senior copywriter for Minacs Marketing Solutions.

USA Track and Field hired Renee Chube Washington as chief operating officer. Washington was with Northrop Grumman Systems.


Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing named Orlando Conguta senior director of team administration, operations; and hired Ramin Tabib as vice president of strategic planning and research, David Bruce as senior director of brand and integrated marketing, Derek Gamble as director of digital sales for MLS Digital Properties, Luis Acevedo as director of office services and facilities, Tom O’Connor as director of sales development for MLS Digital Properties, Justin Slattery as director of engineering for MLS Digital, Melanie Fitzgerald as game promotion manager for SUM International, Sierra Smith as community relations manager, Carter Ladd as business development manager, Matt Pellegrino as operations manager, Josh Whisenhunt as social media manager for MLS Digital, Lauren Becker as ad trafficker for MLS Digital Properties, Dianna McDougall as a graphic designer, Nicholas Rosano as new media editor for MLS Digital, Jake Merrill as CRM coordinator, Michael Holody as competition coordinator, and Eric Goncalves as digital account coordinator for MLS Digital Properties.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Eddie Bauer hired Michael Egeck as president and chief executive officer. Egeck was chief executive officer for Hurley International.

Deckers Outdoor Corp. named David Powers president of direct to consumer, effective mid-August. Powers was vice president of global direct to consumer and licensed retail for Converse.

Hibbett Sports hired Scott Bowman as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Bowman will replace Gary Smith, who will retire, effective July 8.


WWE hired Patrick Talty as senior vice president of live events. Talty was general manager for Global Spectrum’s Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi.

Farmers Insurance hired Jared Melzer as sponsorships account manager.

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association named James Thornton president. Thornton is head athletic trainer and director of sports medicine and athletic training services at Clarion University.

Paciolan named Steve Demots senior vice president of sales. Demots was senior vice president of business development for

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