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People: Executive transactions


The Class AAA International League Pawtucket Red Sox named John Wilson director of ticket sales, A.J. Lewis box office manager, and Samantha Sousa, Ryan Hayden and Geoff Sinnott Jr. as account executives. The Red Sox also named Chris Thompson to the
club’s merchandise team and Meghan Cafelle to the stadium operations staff.

Phoenix Suns general manager Lance Blanks is no longer with the organization.

The Memphis GrizzliesGreg Campbell, president of business operations, and Mike Humes, senior vice president and chief revenue officer, are no longer with the organization.

Central Washington University named Dennis Francois athletic director, effective June 17. Francois is associate athletic director of external affairs for Drake University.

Kent State University promoted Matthew Geis to senior associate athletic director.

Niagara University named Jessica Wheeler associate athletic director for internal operations. Wheeler was assistant athletic director for finance at SUNY-Brockport.

The University of Delaware named Tim Ford senior associate athletic director and director of development for athletics. Ford was senior associate athletic director for Yale University.

The University of Maryland named Marcus Wilson senior associate athletic director for compliance. Wilson was associate director of enforcement for the NCAA.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga named David Blackburn vice chancellor and athletic director. Blackburn was senior associate athletic director for administration at the University of Tennessee.

The University of Minnesota named Michael Halloran assistant athletic director for development and Corrie Sears assistant athletic director for marketing. Halloran was director of development for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and Sears was assistant athletic director for marketing at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The University of Washington hired Rene Woeckener as ticket vault manager. Woeckener was assistant director of ticket operations at Northwestern University.  


Daytona International Speedway promoted Troy Willrick to senior director of emergency and event services.

OB Sports Golf Management named Leah Aitken director of human resources.

The Boston Bruins named Wesley Dauer accounting manager, Maria Poirier executive assistant and Renee Riva marketing coordinator.

Horse Racing
The New York Racing Association named Eric Wing director of communications and media relations. Wing was senior director of media relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.  


Weber Shandwick
hired Jessica Weidensall as a director for the firm’s Denver office. Weidensall was the director of global public relations for the World Triathlon Corp.

Home Team Marketing hired Jeff Lillibridge as vice president of marketing and digital integration. 

Madison Sports Partnerships promoted Jordan Schleyer to sports marketing manager.


Synergy Events named Mark Rothenberg to the newly created position of executive vice president. Rothenberg was senior vice president for Havas Sports & Entertainment USA.

Ad Age hired Michael McCarthy as a reporter, covering sports marketing and media and automotive marketing.

The Back9Network named David Clevinger senior vice president of digital projects and programming. Clevinger was vice president of product management for NeuLion. 

The Tribune Co. named Dana Zimmer as president of distribution for Tribune Broadcasting. Zimmer was executive vice president of TV networks distribution for NBCUniversal.

Multibrand Companies

Vulcan Sports and Entertainment named Eric Mastalir chief commercial officer of the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders and First & Goal Inc. Mastalir was the vice president of corporate partnerships for the San Jose Sharks.

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment promoted R.J. Martino to executive director of business development and partnership marketing and Ryan McCoy to senior vice president of sales and service, and named Shawn Kuzmin vice president of sales and fan experience and Ryan Bertschmann executive director of ticket sales.

The New York Cosmos named Luke Sassano assistant technical director.

Seattle Reign FC general manager Amy Carnell stepped down from the position. Laura Harvey was named general manager in addition to her role as head coach.


The ATP promoted Adam Hogg to director of content production and Robert Neill to vice president of information technology and digital media systems. The ATP also named Jorge Escallon director of treasury and benefits administration in addition to his role as director of alumni services.

MaryAnne Gilmartin was named to succeed Bruce Ratner as president and CEO of Forest City Ratner Cos. Gilmartin has been an executive vice president. Ratner will remain as executive chairman.

GoVision promoted Justin Eaton to vice president of production services.

Ticketmaster promoted Chris Edmonds to U.K. chair and executive vice president of international strategic partnerships.

People news
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