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People: Executive transactions

The Atlanta Braves hired Greg Gatti as senior director of information technology. Gatti was chief technology officer for Synovus Financial.

The Los Angeles Dodgers promoted Seth Bluman to vice president of ticket development and David Siegel to vice president of ticket sales.


The Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center hired Hannah Stember as a communications coordinator. Stember was a junior publicist for PMK*BNC.

Bemidji State University named Tracy Dill athletic director. Dill was associate athletic director for St. Cloud State University.

Grace College named Chad Briscoe athletic director. Briscoe was athletic director at Mooresville (Ind.) High School.

Western Oregon University named Barbara Dearing executive athletic director. Dearing was associate athletic director for business and financial operations and senior woman administrator for Portland State University.

Western Illinois University named Julie Gibbes director of compliance.

Manhattan College named Pete McHugh assistant athletic director for athletics communications. McHugh was the communications manager for the New York Health & Racquet Club.

Southeastern University named Drew Watson athletic director.

The University of Missouri promoted Tami Chievous to associate athletic director for academic services.

The University of Tennessee named Mike Vollmar senior associate athletic director for football administration and Joe Scogin assistant provost, director of the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center, and senior associate athletic director. Vollmar was associate athletic director for football at the University of Michigan, and Scogin was the associate athletic director for academic services at the University of Missouri.

Lock Haven University named Mark Sherburne athletic director. Sherburne was assistant athletic director for administration at Penn State University.


Sonoma Raceway promoted Diana Brennan to senior director of media and community relations.

Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway named Greg Rogers director of partnership sales and marketing. Rogers was director of partnerships for Vivid Seats.

Forest City Ratner promoted David Berliner to chief operating officer.

The San Francisco 49ers promoted Joel Patten to director of player personnel, Matt Malaspina to director of college scouting, Mike Williams to director of pro personnel, Justin Chabot to national scout, Steve Rubio to regional scout and Josh Williams to pro personnel scout.

The American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild named Todd Frederickson president. Frederickson was vice president of team business services for the AHL.

The ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers named Mike Madill general manager and head coach.

The Aspire Group promoted Rob Titterington to manager at Middle Tennessee State University, Josiah Castro to senior sales consultant at New Mexico State University, and Logan Lewis to manager at Louisiana Tech University.

Interticket USA hired Richard Rodarte as senior director of partnership marketing. Rodarte was director of corporate partnerships and activations at Chivas USA.

Madison Sports Partnerships promoted Caleb Boyd to marketing and sales manager.

Octagon Brazil hired marketing executive Claudio Teixeira.

Repucom named Jenna Fahey business development manager, Kathy Gardner product manager, and Kellyn Klug as account manager.

Twitter Media named Simon Rogers data editor and Bridget Finn media editor.

One World Sports named Joel Feld senior vice president of production and executive producer and Ricardo Venegas chief financial officer. Feld was the executive vice president of programming and producer for NESN, and Venegas was chief financial officer for CloudBurstTV.

Sports Illustrated named Robert Klemko NFL reporter. Klemko was NFL reporter for USA Today.

NASCAR named Gene Stefanyshyn vice president of innovation and racing development. Stefanyshyn was executive director of global product development quality for General Motors.

The Canadian Paralympic Committee named Karen O’Neill chief executive officer, effective June 3. O’Neill is chief executive officer of Field Hockey Canada.

Sacramento Professional Soccer named Graham Smith technical director. Smith is founder and president of First Wave Sports Marketing.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Respect Your Universe named Craig Brod chief executive officer.

Sports Authority named Paul Okimoto chief marketing officer. Okimoto was vice president of marketing for RadioShack.

Fanatics named Ryan Donovan vice president of marketing. Donovan was the vice president of marketing for NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network.

Puma named Björn Gulden chief executive officer. Gulden was chief executive officer for the jewelry brand Pandora.

Columbia Sportswear named Shawn Cox senior vice president of retail. Cox was the global retail senior vice president for Mexx.

E. Land named Truman Kim chairman, Larry Remington president and chief executive officer, Barney Waters chief marketing officer and Wim Tuijl managing director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for K-Swiss.

Nike named Michael Spillane to vice president and general manager of Nike’s Greater China region.

Awards and Boards
The Golf Writers Association of America elected Ron Sirak of Golf World president, Jeff Babineau of Golfweek first vice president and Gary Van Sickle of Sports Illustrated second vice president. Gary D’Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Ron Green Jr. of Global Golf Post, Dave Shedloski of Golf World, Tod Leonard of the San Diego Union-Tribune and Beth Ann Baldry of Golfweek were named to the board of directors.

The D.C. Sports Hall of Fame inducted Elgin Baylor, Bobby Beathard, Dave Bing, Maurice Collins, Mike Gartner, Phil Hochberg, George Michael, Sam Rice, Bob Wolff and Willie Wood.

ViaSat named Bob Bowman to its board of directors. Bowman is the president and chief executive officer for Major League Baseball Advanced Media.


WWE named Michael Pine senior vice president of global sales and partnership marketing. Pine was vice president of national sales for IMG College.

USA Swimming named Dana Bonner marketing manager, John Martin sports communications manager, Wendy Peel local marketing manager, and Tommy Schield organizational communications specialist.

USA Water Polo promoted James Callahan to chief financial officer, Greg Mescall to director of communications and Caroline Acosta to marketing manager.

People news
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