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People: Executive transactions

The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Jon Weisman as director of digital and print content. Weisman was senior editor at Variety.

The MLB Players Association hired Dave Winfield as special assistant to executive director Tony Clark. Winfield was executive vice president and senior adviser for the San Diego Padres.

The Philadelphia 76ers promoted Larry Meli to chief operating officer of the Delaware 87ers.

The University of Nevada Las Vegas named Tina Kunzer-Murphy athletic director.

Intrust Bank Arena named Amanda Shankle group sales and marketing associate.

Knutson Construction named Todd Vigil vice president of project development. Vigil was director of business development at M.A. Mortenson Co.

Canadian Football League director of officiating Tom Higgins stepped down. Glen Johnson was named vice president of officiating. Johnson was head referee for the CFL.


The Aspire Group promoted Damon Olstead to senior business development consultant and Dan Black to senior ticket service consultant at Arizona State University, Matt Lanier to senior service consultant at Georgia Tech University and Devin Day to
senior sales consultant at the University of Maryland, and hired Anaclaudia Cervantes as ticket sales consultant at Florida Atlantic University, Steve Walter and John Lewis as sales consultants at the University of Minnesota, Jason Anderson as sales consultant at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Jerome Flippins as sales consultant at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Agency 21 Consulting promoted Lisa Furst Hall to vice president.

Octagon named Lauren Decker to head of the MasterCard Europe account.

Home Team Sports hired Diane Lee as director of business analytics and insights. Lee was director of pricing and planning for Telemundo’s local stations.

Outdoor Channel promoted Jason Brist to executive vice president of advertising sales.

Sporting News Editor-In-Chief Garry Howard left the publication.

CBS Sports promoted Jennifer Sabatelle to senior vice president of communications.

ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight named Andrei Scheinkman deputy editor and director of data and technology. Scheinkman was data editor for the Huffington Post.

Fox Sports named David Nathanson to the newly created position of general manager and chief operating officer of Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, Bill Wanger executive vice president of programming, research and content strategy, Scott Ackerson executive vice president of news and George Greenberg executive vice president of content integration and presentation. reporter Brian Lowe left the position.

Silver Chalice named Dana Golden executive vice president of audience development.

Formula One team Mercedes Principal Ross Brawn stepped down from the position.


Minnesota United FC hired Andrea Yoch as vice president of business development and Mikkala Korton as corporate sales representative.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Lululemon founder Chip Wilson stepped down from the position of chairman. Michael Casey was named chairman and Laurent Potdevin chief executive officer.

Peter Millar named Eric Budden golf and retail sales executive for the Western region.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The Chicago Sports Commission named Steve Schanwald to the newly created position of vice chairman. Schanwald is executive vice president of business operations for the Chicago Bulls.

The Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation named Lisa Diven director of the Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City. Diven was business development manager at Burns & McDonnell.


(n+1) designstudio named C.J. Bottitta coordinating producer. Bottitta was director of operations for MLB Network’s creative services department.

ThinkBeyond named Alexandra Chalat managing director. Chalat was executive director of Beyond Sport.

WWE promoted Michelle Wilson to chief revenue and marketing officer, George Barrios to chief strategy and financial officer and Stephanie McMahon to chief brand officer.

Umbel named Jim McNamara senior vice president of global sales. McNamara was head of sales for Verizon’s Precision Market Insights.

Indiana Sports Corp. hired Chris Panyard as events manager. Panyard was event coordinator for the 500 Festival.

The LA Marathon named Carsten Preisz vice president of brand strategy and marketing. Preisz was a partner at Freemark Entertainment.

Gator Bowl Sports and Entertainment named Alan Verlander chief operating officer.

Sucherman Consulting Group named Erik Sorenson chief executive officer.

Special Olympics Maryland
named Melissa Anger field services regional director, and Michele Maas and Stephanie Novak special events coordinators. Anger was a business operations associate at TEKsystems, and Novak was junior tour representative for the PGA of America Middle Atlantic section.

Awards and Boards

Phoenix Suns Charities named Kathy Pidgeon board president and Orin Anderson, Ginger Brandt, Tyler Butler, Rick DeGraw, Joyce Medina Harper, Andy Kroot, Kurt Meyer and Tami McKane-Verbin to its board of directors.


People news
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