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People: Executive transactions

The Class A short-season Northwest League’s Eugene Emeralds hired Danny Cowley as director of graphic design and Ed Silling as director of mascot operations.

The Class AAA Pacific Coast League’s Sacramento River Cats named Chip Maxson senior vice president of business operations. Maxson was vice president of ticket sales for the Tacoma Rainiers.

The Stockton Ports hired Bailey West as community relations manager. West was a member of the premium services team for the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Atlanta Hawks named Garin Narain vice president of public relations. Narain was director of basketball communications for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Northwest Nazarene University hired Bill Rapp as athletic director. Rapp was SAP Open tournament director and tournament adviser for Sharks Sports & Entertainment.

Troy University hired John Hartwell as athletic director. Hartwell was senior executive associate athletic director at the University of Mississippi.

Wayne State University promoted Jason Clark to senior associate director of athletics and Lisa Seymour to assistant athletic director.

The University of Wisconsin hired Jay Vickers as senior assistant athletic director for advancement. Vickers was associate athletic director of development at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The Columbus Blue Jackets hired Jaime Palmer as corporate development sales coordinator, Michael Fullen as accounts payable coordinator and Brian Thompson as hockey group event specialist.

Horse Racing
Penn National Racing Course hired Dan Silver as director of racing operations effective Oct. 22. Silver is director of communications at the New York Racing Association.

Excel Sports Management named David Oxfeld senior director of client sales.

Gina Chappin has formed Dolce Sports Media. Chappin is director of media for the Rose Bowl Game.

Breaking Limits hired Ken Cohn as senior vice president and chief operating officer. Cohn was senior vice president for Cagnazzi Racing.

MainGate hired Mark Higdon as director of marketing. Higdon was senior marketing manager and director of media at Three Sixty Group.

AFP named Enno Müller managing director for Germany.

Comcast SportsNet Houston named Tiffany Blackmon, Marius Payton and Leila Rahimi to its broadcast team.

Fox Sports Media Group hired David Neal as executive producer of FIFA World Cup on Fox.

NBCUniversal promoted Linda Yaccarino to president of advertising sales.

The Nielsen Co. promoted Stephen Master to senior vice president and head of the global sports practice.

Time Warner named Todd Larsen executive vice president and group president of its news and sports group.

Turner Broadcasting System named Ed Wise senior vice president of Turner Branded Entertainment. Wise was vice president of Funny or Die.

Univision Interactive hired William Davis as director of sales and sports. Davis was account executive for the NFL and Univision partnership.

YES Network named Ryan Ruocco host of its “This Week in Football” NFL studio show.

Multiteam Organizations
Palace Sports & Entertainment hired Lauren Shourd as media coordinator.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
City Sports named Edward Albertian president and chief executive officer. Albertian was president and chief operating officer of the Trans National Group.


Daktronics named Sheila Anderson chief financial officer and treasurer.

On named Christian Ward national dealer support manager.

The Topps Co. hired Chris Vaccaro as sports editor. Vaccaro was a sports editor at AOL’s

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards

The Detroit Sports Commission named Kris Smith sales manager of event development. Smith was group sales manager for meetings and competitions for the Hampton (Va.) Convention and Visitors Bureau / Sports Hampton.

The WTA hired John Learing as vice president of broadcast. Learing was creative director for the PGA Tour.

Britton Gallagher hired Jim Convertino as director and Jani Memorich, Rob Russ, Vanessa Aquino and Patricia Minnich as client consultants for its professional athletes and entertainers practice.

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation hired Randy Acosta as senior director of development. Acosta was executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Harford County, Md.

Microsoft hired Nancy Tellem as entertainment and digital media president.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund named Robin Pate director of community development. Pate was director of compliance at North Carolina State University.
The World Anti-Doping Agency named Beckie Scott to its executive committee. Scott is a two-time Olympic medalist in cross-country skiing.

Awards and Boards
Grand Canyon Education, which operates Grand Canyon University, named Kevin Warren to its board. Warren is vice president of legal affairs and chief administrative officer for the Minnesota Vikings.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum named Jim Citrin, Marianne Gaige, Jim Goldman, David Haggerty, Bob Jeffrey, Stephen Lewinstein, Betsy Nagelsen-McCormack and Mark Panarese to its board of directors.

Oregon Sports Authority named Scott Leykam and K.L. Wombacher to its board of directors. Leykam is athletic director at the University of Portland, and Wombacher is vice president and general manager of the new Hillsboro, Ore., franchise in the Class A short-season Northwest League.

Own the Podium named Chris Overholt and Patrick Jarvis to its board of directors. Overholt is chief executive officer and secretary general of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

People news
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