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People: Executive transactions

The Akron Aeros/RubberDucks promoted Sierra Sawtelle to director of suites and community relations.

The Detroit Tigers named former manager Jim Leyland special assistant to general manager Dave Dombrowski.

The Houston Astros promoted Kevin Goldstein to director of professional scouting, Pete Putila to coordinator of baseball operations and Stephanie Wilka to specialist of international operations and associate counsel.

The MLB Players Association named Kevin McGuiness chief operating officer. McGuiness was president of McGuiness Group.

The St. Louis Cardinals promoted Gary Larocque to director of player development, Chris Correa to director of baseball development, Tony Ferreira to baseball operations assistant for player development and pro scouting, John Vuch to director of baseball administration and Linda Brauer to senior administrative assistant to the general manager.

The Washington Nationals named Valerie Camillo chief revenue and marketing officer, effective Feb. 18. Camillo was vice president with the team marketing and business operations group of the NBA.

The Minnesota Lynx promoted Ashley Carlson to public relations manager.

The University of Maine named Karlton Creech athletic director, effective Feb. 10. Creech was senior associate athletic director at the University of North Carolina.

Auburn University named David Benedict chief operating officer. Benedict was deputy athletic director at the University of Minnesota.

The University of Nebraska hired John Jentz as senior associate athletic director and chief financial officer. Jentz was senior associate athletic director and chief financial officer at UCLA.

Long Island University Post hired Debbie DeJong as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. DeJong was associate athletic director for facilities and recreation and softball coach at Dowling College.

Georgia State University named Brad Horton associate athletic director for student athlete development. Horton was assistant athletic director for student athlete academic services at Florida State University.

Montana State University named Scott Jurgens associate athletic director for marketing and operations. Jurgens was director of marketing at East Carolina University.

The University of Wyoming named Julie Manning senior associate athletic director for sport administration and senior woman administrator. Manning was associate athletic director for compliance, financial aid and administration at the University of Colorado.

Global Spectrum promoted Joe Sheridan to general manager of The Liacouras Center.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame named David Baker president and executive director. Baker is former commissioner of the Arena Football League.

The PGA of America named Wendell Haskins senior director of diversity and multicultural initiatives.

The Phoenix Coyotes named Bill Makris vice president of ticket sales and service.

Dynasty Sports and Entertainment named Brian Levy general counsel.

Ketchum Sports & Entertainment hired Eryn McVerry as senior vice president.

Learfield Sports named Hank Cobb associate general manager at Clemson University and Ann Brett Strickland associate general manager at Mississippi State University.

Conde Nast Entertainment named Lisa Valentino chief revenue officer. Valentino was senior vice president of multimedia sales at ESPN.

Global Golf Post promoted Mike Purkey to the newly created position of executive editor and hired Mike Cullity as senior editor and Steve Eubanks as special contributor.

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic hired Keli Fulton as anchor and reporter.

ESPN promoted Carrie Brzezinski to vice president of marketing solutions.

SportsNet New York named Kevin Sornatale director of communications. Sornatale was senior account executive at Dan Klores Communications.

Red Horse Racing named Jody Jennings Letourneau director of marketing and communications. Letourneau was director of communications for Sharp-Gallaher Racing.


Minnesota United FC hired Kreg Blair as special projects and event coordinator and Justin Borrell as community outreach manager. Borrell was assistant event manager at the University of Minnesota.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Adidas Head of Global Brands Erich Stamminger is stepping down from the position.

The International Tennis Federation’s executive director of commercial, Jan Menneken, stepped down from the position, effective Jan. 31.

The Grand Prix RFL named Frank Grant commissioner.

Gatorade named Molly Carter senior director of consumer engagement.

The North American Sports Group hired Kevin Bovet as its director of development for Hoop It Up.

Ovations Food Services named Steve Gregosky senior vice president of client relations and Charles Lawrence as senior vice president of business development.

The Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center named Andy Goldstein chief financial officer and executive vice president, Brad Shron executive vice president and general counsel, Jim Leonard senior vice president of community investment, and Tim McDermott chief marketing and innovation officer for the Sixers. Goldstein was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Intermedia Outdoors Holdings, Shron was an associate with Proskauer Rose, Leonard was chief of staff of the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, and McDermott was chief marketing officer and senior vice president for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Major League Lacrosse’s Rochester Rattlers hired Brad Ford as chief operating officer. named David Goldberg chief executive officer and Adam Kanner executive chairman.

The Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC’s chief commercial officer, Eric Mastalir, stepped down from the position.

People news
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