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People: Executive transactions

The Utah Jazz named Dennis Lindsey general manager.

Columbia University hired Brent Walker as associate athletic director for championship performance. Walker was an associate professor in the department of kinesiology and sports studies at Eastern Illinois University.

The University of Maryland hired Matt Taylor as assistant director of media relations.

Miami (Ohio) University promoted Anthony Azama to assistant athletic director for marketing, sales and licensing.

Delaware State University named Candy Young athletic director.

Mercer University hired Brian Gerrity as executive director of the Mercer Athletic Foundation. Gerrity was assistant athletic director for external relations at the University of Hartford.

Manhattan College hired Amanda McEntire as assistant athletic director for facilities and event management. McEntire was athletic department facility and event manager at New York University.

Claflin University named Jerome Fitch athletic director. Fitch was assistant athletic director for compliance.

Wheaton College hired Lisa Yenush as associate athletic director.

Texas Tech University hired Michael Ryan as associate athletic director of facilities and event management. Ryan was director of intercollegiate facilities at Duke University.

The Patriot League promoted Richard Wanninger to senior associate executive director for external relations, Matt Dougherty to assistant executive director for communications, Quinton Smith to associate director for compliance and sport management, James Greene to associate director for communications and Jimmy Johnson to associate director for communications/multimedia.

The Winnipeg Jets named Larry Simmons assistant general manager.

The St. Louis Blues promoted Al MacInnis to senior adviser to general manager Doug Armstrong, Dave Taylor to vice president of hockey operations and Rob DiMaio to director of pro scouting.

Horse Racing
Churchill Downs Racetrack named David Lehr track superintendent and senior director of track surfaces.

Woodbine Entertainment Group named James Lawson chairman, replacing David Willmot, who is retiring.

Communications21 named Amy Patterson director of operations and Diana Trujillo special projects coordinator.

Icon Sports Management hired Vicky Palmer to manage its events and hospitality programs. Palmer was vice president for golf at IMG.

KemperSports and KemperLesnik hired Brian Milligan as chief financial officer. Milligan was chief financial officer for Business Only Broadband.

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic hired Jeremy Howard as vice president of advertising sales.

NBC named Jeff Bader president of program planning, strategy and research for NBC Entertainment, where he will work with NBC News and NBC Sports. Bader was executive vice president of planning, scheduling and distribution for ABC Entertainment Group.

Daily Racing Form hired Phil O’Hara as executive director of racetrack development and named Lou Monaco programming manager of Sports Information Group/Daily Racing Form. O’Hara was a principal in Meyocks and O’Hara Racing Enterprises.

YES Network hired Sarah Kustok as its Brooklyn Nets reporter. Kustok was a reporter at Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

The NFL Media Group named Alex Riethmiller vice president of communications. Riethmiller was vice president of communications and media relations at CBS Interactive.

Schneider Publishing Co. hired Karen Williams as director of industry relations. Williams was executive vice president of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Roush Fenway Racing hired Pete Thuresson as senior vice president of sales and business development. He was head of national partnerships for Fox Sports in Chicago.

FC Dallas named Melissa Jannetta and Earle Fisher directors of business development.

People news
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