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People: Executive transactions

Bowling Green State University named Chris Kingston athletic director. Kingston was executive senior associate athletic director at North Carolina State University.

Purdue University promoted Calvin Williams to associate athletic director.

The Southeastern Conference named Jake Bell coordinator of men’s basketball officials.

Southeastern Louisiana University Athletic Director Bart Bellairs resigned.

Transylvania University named Holly Sheilley athletic director. Sheilley was assistant director of championships for the NCAA.

The University of Denver named Cindi Nagai senior women’s administrator.

The University of Kentucky named Rachel Newman Baker senior associate athletic director for compliance. Baker was managing director of enforcement for development and investigations for the NCAA.

The University of Michigan named Darryl Conway associate athletic director of student-athlete health and welfare. Conway was assistant athletic director of sports medicine for the University of Maryland.

Western Kentucky University hired Thomas Harris as assistant director of athletic marketing.

AEG Facilities named Tim Hassett general manager of Consol Energy Center and regional vice president.

The College Football Playoff named Laila Brock team operations and logistics director, Allison Doughty events and hospitality services director, and Nikki Epley stadium and game operations director. Brock was events and team operations director for the Orange Bowl Committee, Doughty was football operations and event management director for the ACC, and Epley was alumni association reunions, affinity programs and academic societies director for the University of Kansas.

The New York Jets named Rod Graves senior director of football administration; Matt Bazirgan assistant director of pro personnel; David Boller, Aaron Glenn, David Hinson and Christopher Prescott area scouts; and Rick Courtright national college scout.

The Annika Academy hired David Allibone as a sales professional. Allibone was the founder and instructor at Strategic Golf Training Academy.

The Buffalo Sabres hired John Koelmel as president of Harborcenter. Koelmel was chief executive officer and president of First Niagara Financial Group.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough hired Donald Reino to practice in online brand equity and sports law. Reino was in-house general counsel for Roger Cleveland Golf.


The Aspire Group hired Emily Goodman and Mike Milero as sales consultants at Georgia Tech University and Gary Wilbert II as sales consultant at Louisiana Tech University.

Golden Boy Promotions promoted Monica Sears to vice president of operations, Nicole Sparks to marketing director, and Armando Gaytan to deputy chief operating officer and senior vice president of operations. Chief Marketing Officer Bruce Binkow added the title of chief operating officer, replacing David Itskowitch, who stepped down from the position. Chief of staff Robert Gasparri added the title of vice president of operations.

GMR Marketing promoted Bryan Rasch to chief digital officer and Joe Sutter to chief creative officer, and named Peter Joseph vice president of entertainment. Joseph was vice president at Live Nation.

IMG Golf named Russell Hannah operations director for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Advantage International hired Kris Fillon as associate creative director.

Learfield Sports named Mike Hurley associate general manager for Wolfpack Sports Properties with N.C. State. Hurley was a partner in sports sales and marketing consultancy Intangibles.

Octagon named Sean Nicholls president of Octagon Asia-Pacific for marketing and events, Ryan Sandilands managing director for North Asia, Wylie Fowler general manager of marketing for Australia and New Zealand, and Ben Hartman general manager for Southeast Asia.

Sporting News Media named Rich Routman chief revenue officer, effective July 1.

Cumulus Media named David Halberstam vice president of sports sales for CBS Sports Radio Network. Halberstam ran the consultancy firm Halby Group.

Fox International Channels promoted Ward Platt to chief operating officer of Fox International Channels and chief executive officer of National Geographic Channels International, and Zubin Gandevia to president of Fox International Channels Asia.

Fox Sports Media Group named Ed Delaney executive vice president of operations. Delaney was senior vice president of broadcast operations and engineering for YES.

Kery Davis is stepping down from the position of HBO Sports senior vice president of programming.

Norman Howell stepped down from the position of communications director for motorsports governing body FIA.

The Grand Prix of America named Marty Hunt race operations director. Hunt was facilities director for Circuit of the Americas.

English Premier League club Arsenal named Chips Keswick chairman. Keswick was an Arsenal board of directors member and was chairman of Hambros Bank.

English Premier League  club Liverpool named Andy Hughes chief financial officer, effective July 8. Hughes was chief financial officer of Guoman & Thistle Hotels.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Christine Day is stepping down from the position of chief executive officer at Lululemon.

Tennis Canada named John LeBoutillier chairman.

Bob Bryant is stepping down from the position of BB&T Atlanta Open director after this year’s tournament.

The U.S. Tennis Association promoted Jeremy Fehrs, Janine Galiotti, and Jenna Higueras to manager of partnership marketing.

The Association of Surfing Professionals named Liam Ferguson vice president of sponsorship integration. Ferguson was president and group publisher for Transworld Media.

Skate Canada named Dan Thompson chief executive officer. Thompson was president of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.

USA Water Polo named Joanna Fielder travel manager and Phil Wooledge development coordinator.

WWE promoted Brian Maddox to vice president of global digital sales.

Awards and Boards
Connect Magazine named US Lacrosse’s director of special events, Beth Porreca, to its “40 Under 40” list.

The Button Hole Short Course and Teaching Center named former USGA executive director David Fay as a special adviser to its board of directors.

The Canadian Olympic Committee named Kevin Gilmore to its board of directors. Gilmore is executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Montreal Canadiens.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society named Steve Ziff, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment senior vice president of marketing and brand strategy, its 2013 Fort Lauderdale Man of the Year.

People news
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