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People: Executive transactions

The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Renata Simril as senior vice president of external affairs and Rafael Gonzalez as director of community relations.

The Los Angeles Clippers promoted Gary Sacks to vice president of basketball operations.

Lewis University named John Planek athletic director.

Northwood University hired Preston James IV as assistant professor in the entertainment, sport and promotion management department.

Villanova University named Andrew Brandt director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for Sports Law. Brandt is the NFL business analyst for ESPN and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication hired Vicki Michaelis as the John Huland Carmical distinguished professor of sports journalism.

The University of Montana promoted Kent Haslam to athletic director.

Northwest Nazarene University named Bill Rapp athletic director.

Daktronics promoted Sheila Anderson to chief financial officer and treasurer.


The American Hockey League’s Syracuse (N.Y.) Crunch promoted Todd Cross to senior director of ticket sales and hired Jonathan Smaldon and Brandon Wrobel as account executives.

The Montreal Canadiens hired John Madden for their amateur player recruitment group.

Maroon PR named Monique Ianos senior account executive, Liz Chong assistant manager of social and digital media and Lisa Foley executive assistant.

U/S Sports Advisors named Kit Werbe director of public relations.

IMG Sports Marketing named Tod Rosensweig general manager of Charlotte IMG Sports Marketing at UNC Charlotte.

LeadOff Sports Marketing hired Takuya Mihara as director of business development. Mihara was sponsor services director for the Staten Island Yankees.

People news
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