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People: Executive transactions

The Major League Baseball Players Association hired Bob Tewksbury as director of player development.

The Tampa Bay Rays’ senior vice president of development and business affairs, Michael Kalt, stepped down from his position to lead a New York-based private investment office.

Minor League Baseball promoted Robert Fountain to associate counsel and Andy Shultz to manager of baseball and business operations, and hired Cory Bernstine as marketing research coordinator for MiLB Enterprises, Jessica Merrick as marketing coordinator and Jess Vera as coordinator of trademarks and intellectual property.

The independent Pacific Association’s San Rafael (Calif.) Pacifics hired Jennifer Clark as director of business and community relations.

NBA China named Raymond Tao senior vice president of global marketing partnerships. Tao was president for Ogilvy & Mather Advertising China.

The Golden State Warriors named Laurence Scott host and commentator for Warriors TV and

The Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center promoted Barry Baum to executive vice president and chief communications officer, Elisa Padilla to senior vice president of marketing, Randy Lewis to senior director of analytics and social marketing, Ashley Kahler to director of partnership marketing and Chris Harrington to manager of legal services. The Nets promoted Tyrel Kirkham to senior director of merchandising, Joyce Jelks to senior director of human resources, Victor Pereira to director of information technology and Tom Kolker to manager of broadcast and digital. Barclays Center promoted Lisa Brefere to vice president of food and beverage service and Logan Meier to senior director of facilities presentation.

The Atlanta Dream hired Angela Taylor
as executive vice president and general manager. Taylor is owner and president of NetWorks Sports Consulting.


Colgate University hired Jeff Falardeau as associate athletic director for external operations. Falardeau was assistant athletic director for the Athletics and Events Center at Ithaca College.

University of South Florida Athletic Director Doug Woolard will retire at the end of his contract in June 2015.

Washington University in St. Louis Athletic Director John Schael will retire, effective June 30.


Icon Venue Group promoted Art Aaron to president and chief operating officer and Marc Farha and Charlie Thornton to executive vice presidents.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway promoted David McGrath to vice president of corporate sales and Jessica Ferreira to director of events.

Watkins Glen International hired Levi Palmer as a corporate sales executive. Palmer was with the Philadelphia Eagles in premium services ticket operations.

The Atlanta Falcons hired Scott Pioli as assistant general manager. Pioli was with NBC Sports Network and SiriusXM Radio.

The San Francisco 49ers promoted Paraag Marathe to president, replacing Gideon Yu, who stepped down from that role. Al Guido was named chief operating officer. Guido was senior vice president of global sales for Legends.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Jason Licht as general manager. Licht was vice president of player personnel for the Arizona Cardinals.

Horse Racing

Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby hired Jason Potter as manager of partnership development.

Omnigon Communications promoted Nick Arcuri to director of sports products and Manish Dayal to director of its project management office, and named Joanna Levine director of marketing and communications and Alex Chamberlen Omnigon U.K. managing director.

Learfield Communications promoted Aaron Worsham to senior vice president of affiliate relations and operations, Tom Boman to vice president of broadcast operations and Jennifer Heim to vice president and corporate controller at its Missouri headquarters. Learfield Sports hired Adam Levinson as director of sales at Texas A&M. Levinson was corporate sales manager for the Houston Rockets.

Synergy Events hired Lisa Tobia as an executive associate.

Back9Network hired Scot Thor as senior vice president of programming. Thor was senior vice president of development and production for Intersport.

Time Inc. named Brendan Ripp publisher of Sports Illustrated and Ripp was vice president of sales and marketing for Fortune magazine.

Turner Broadcasting System hired Frank Wall as senior vice president and national sales manager for its Turner Sports Ad Sales division. Wall was publisher of Sports Illustrated.

LA2015, the organizing committee for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, hired Brian Erickson as senior vice president of sales and Susan Pollack as senior vice president of development.

FC Dallas named Dan Hunt president.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Under Armour hired Nick Carparelli Jr. as senior director of college sports. Carparelli was senior associate commissioner for football and marketing for the American Athletic Conference.

New York Road Runners named James Grooms vice president, legal and general counsel. Grooms was vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary for Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Richard Andersen stepped down as president and chief executive officer of Northlands.

The Professional Bull Riders hired Bob Chasse as vice president of partnership marketing. Chasse was principal of Genuine Partners.

Awards and Boards
Special Olympics Missouri named Roger Gardner, Learfield Sports executive vice president, to its board of directors.

People news
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