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People: Executive transactions

The Class AA Eastern League’s Akron RubberDucks named Brent DeCoster director of corporate sales and Brian Manning director of food and beverage.

The Cincinnati Reds named Aaron Eisel vice president of ticketing and business development, Tim O’Connell vice president of ballpark operations and Cameron Satterwhite assistant director of the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy. Eisel was associate marketing director at Procter & Gamble, O’Connell was assistant vice president of athletics and executive director at the University of Dayton Arena, and Satterwhite was president of ENE Bat Co.

The Class A California League’s Stockton Ports promoted Tim Pollack to director of tickets.

The Texas Rangers promoted Paige Farragut to senior vice president of ticket sales and service.


The NBA D-League’s Idaho Stampede named Travis Forrest and Sam Johnson account executives and Ty Carter media and public relations coordinator.

The NBA named Jeff Ianello vice president of team marketing and business operations. Ianello was senior vice president of sales and service for the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and US Airways Center.

The American Athletic Conference hired Chevonne Mansfield as director of communications. Mansfield was assistant director of media relations at the Southeastern Conference.

Northern Virginia Community College named Steve Mrowka athletic director. Mrowka was baseball coach at George Washington University.

HarborCenter named Dominic Verni general manager of its restaurant and sports bar. Verni was general manager of the Hard Rock Café restaurant, retail and live music venue in Niagara Falls.

The Anaheim Ducks named Steve Tambellini part-time professional scout. Tambellini was general manager of the Edmonton Oilers.

The Columbus Blue Jackets promoted Zachary Kramer to staff accountant and named Kevin O’Malley ticket operations manager and Kaely Bistrek accounts payable coordinator.

IMG named Matthew Sganga and David Randell vice presidents of U.S. business development. Sganga was Los Angeles franchise director at Sports Illustrated, and Randell had a senior advertising sales role at Rural Media Group.

Team One named Lauren Mihalov assistant account executive for experiential marketing and Courtney Loomis account coordinator for experiential marketing.

Learfield Sports named Branden Miller to the newly created position of senior director of digital sales, Adam Froidl account executive for the University of Wisconsin, Josh Pell account executive for the University of Missouri and Jon Ihrig account executive for Southern Illinois University.

Advantage International hired Jamie Lee as account director. Lee was an advertising account executive for Publicis.

The Marketing Arm named Roger Payne research analyst. Payne was brand marketing director at Killerspin.

The Aspire Group promoted David Foster and Maggie Gordon to ticket service consultants for Arizona State University and named Bryan Moore ticket service consultant for Arizona State University, Kelvin Long and Jill Davis sales consultants for Middle Tennessee University, Phenicia Taylor and Lauren McGee sales consultants for Honda Battle of the Bands, Shaunice Smith sales consultant for Fordham University, Suki Hayer business to business team leader for London Irish Rugby Club and Alex Milnes sales consultant for London Irish Rugby Club.

U/S Sports Advisors promoted Megan McCarty to manager of program development, Rashelle Stearns to manager of event marketing and Teri Toler to vice president of administration.

Dynasty Sports and Entertainment named Ryan Bertschman senior consultant. Bertschman was executive director of sales and service with the Florida Panthers.

IMG College named Gerri Brommer director of partnership marketing, Suzanne Hamm general manager of the American Athletic Conference, Phil McCarn director of sales for IMG College events, entertainment and development, Darren Meyer general manager of the Atlantic 10 Conference, William Bennett general manager of ticket sales at the University of Arkansas and Corey Schwartz general manager of ticket sales at Boston College, and promoted Liz McMillan to executive director of the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.

Lammi Sports Management promoted Ryan Brunlieb to director of partnership development.

Learfield Communications named Matt Hupfeld chief financial officer. Hupfeld was chief financial officer and vice president of finance for London Broadcasting Co.

ESPN promoted Stephanie Druley to vice president of production for college networks and head of production for the SEC Network.

Fox International Channels named Simon Thomas executive vice president of global sports and content sales, effective in January. Thomas was the chief executive officer of Team Marketing. named Jordan Raanan and A.J. Perez reporters on the New York Giants beat, Dan Duggan reporter for Rutgers University football and basketball, and Brendan Kuty reporter for the New York Yankees beat.

beIN Sport promoted Antonio Briceno to North America deputy managing director.

Richard Childress Racing named Mike Coughlan technical director.

IHRA Motorsports named John Donaldson senior director of corporate partnerships.

Multiteam Companies
Pacers Sports & Entertainment named Bill Benner vice president of corporate, community, and public relations. Benner was senior associate commissioner of operations and communications for the Horizon League.

USA Basketball named Jay Demings youth program director. Demings was director of operations for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club.

USA Gymnastics named Anne Heffernon women’s Junior Olympic program director. Heffernon is owner and coach at Kansas Gymnastics and Dance Center.

The IOC named Kit McConnell sports director. McConnell was head of Rugby World Cup.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Fanatics Inc. named Raphael Peck president of Fanatics Apparel. Peck was chief merchandising officer at Oakley.

Nike promoted Scott LeClair to vice president of action sports and Gavin Lindberg to vice president and chief financial officer for the Jordan Brand and named Gregory Fowler director of investigations. Fowler was special agent in charge for the FBI Portland field office.

Britton Gallagher named Nick Robinson client associate in the professional athletes and entertainers insurance division.

MainGate named Terry Angstadt chief strategy and sales officer, effective Jan. 6. Angstadt was president of Green Savoree Racing Promotions.

The WWE named Matthew Singerman to the newly created position of executive vice president of programming and Stefan Kastenmüller to the newly created position of general manager for Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Huddle promoted Evan Perzel to assistant director of affiliates and hired Tom Loizzo as affiliate territory manager.
Awards and Boards
David Evans was named to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Evans is a partner at Murphy & King.

The L.A. Sports Council named Jack Caress to its board of directors. Caress is president and chief executive officer of Pacific Sports.

People news
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