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People: Executive transactions

The Edmonton Oilers and Rexall Sports Corp. named Tim Shipton vice president of communications. Shipton was president of the Alberta Enterprise Group.

The Ottawa Senators hired Paul Beirne as executive vice president of ticketing and promoted Geoff Publow to vice president of strategic development. Beirne was vice president of business operations for MLS’s Toronto FC.

Communications agency The Brand Amp hired Jerry Archambeault. Archambeault was vice president of PR and communications for the NHRA.

Team Epic promoted Sakiya Daniel to vice president.


Comcast Sportsnet Chicago named Jay Wadhwa to the newly created position of senior director of creative services. Wadhwa was manager of local brand marketing and creative services for WMAQ-TV in Chicago.

The Outdoor Channel named Steve Smith executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing; Bill Osborn senior vice president of marketing; Scott Long vice president of finance, media; and James Alexander vice president of consumer insights and analytics.

Team Finland named Jarmo Kekalainen assistant general manager for the 2014 Sochi Games hockey team. Kekalainen is general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Major League Soccer named Ray Whitworth vice president of operations and security. Whitworth was head of team and corporate security for the English FA.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Lululemon named Tara Poseley chief product officer. Poseley was senior vice president of Kmart apparel for Sears Holdings.

East Management Services named Joe Battista vice president of hockey-related businesses. Battista was associate athletic director of ice arena and hockey development at Penn State University.

The UFC promoted Tara Connell to vice president of research and analytics and hired Megan Olivi as on-camera host and correspondent and David Shaw as vice president of commercial pay-per-view development.

Nielsen promoted Mitch Barns to chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1. Barns will replace David Calhoun, who will become executive chairman of the board, and James Kilts will step down as chairman but remain a board member.

The United States Bowling Congress named Jennifer Salazar chief financial officer. Salazar was director of accounting for American Consolidated Media.

Awards and Boards
The L.A. Sports Council named Vincent Malcolm, Brandon Martin, Tracey Russell and Rob Thun to its board of directors. Malcolm is president of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, Martin is athletic director for California State University, Northridge, Russell is chief executive officer of the Asics L.A. Marathon, and Thun is senior vice president for DirecTV.

The NCAA Division I women’s basketball committee named Dru Hancock chair. Hancock is senior associate commissioner for the Big 12.

The National High School Basketball Association named Cindy Mercer to its governing board.

People news
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