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People: Executive transactions


The Seattle Mariners promoted Kevin Mather to president and chief operating officer. Bob Aylward, Mariners executive vice president of business operations, was named NW Sports Net chairman of the board.

The NBA promoted Bill Koenig to president of global media distribution, Sal LaRocca to president of global operations and merchandising and Danny Meiseles to president and executive producer of content. The league named Jason Cahilly chief strategic and financial officer.

The College of New Jersey hired Sharon Beverly as assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of athletics and recreation. Beverly was athletic director at Vassar College.

Florida State University hired Karl Hicks as deputy athletic director for external operations. Hicks was senior associate commissioner for men’s basketball operations for the Atlantic Coast Conference.


Ephesus Lighting named Mike Lorenz president, Joe Casper chief technology officer and Howard Dolgon chief marketing officer.

The Orange Bowl Committee named Luis Boué president and chair, Lee Stapleton president-elect and chair-elect and Michael Chavies first vice-chair.

The Green Bay Packers promoted Nicole Ledvina to vice president of human resources.

The Arizona Cardinals promoted Terry McDonough to vice president of player personnel.

The Miami Dolphins hired Dennis Hickey as general manager. Assistant general manager Brian Gaine left the organization.

The San Francisco 49ers named Ethan Casson chief revenue officer.


The Aspire Group promoted Alex Milnes to group sales consultant for Leeds United, Rickey Moore and Akash Chaudhry to senior sales consultants for the Milwaukee Bucks and John Rivers to senior sales consultant for Rutgers University. The company hired Lexi Smith as senior sales consultant for the London Irish RFC; Paige Wilson as a sales consultant for the USA National Sales Center NCAA property; Phil Landells as a sales consultant, Jeff Owsik as service and retention consultant and Michael Huggins as database marketing and analytics associate for Rutgers University; Kelsey English as a sales consultant for UC-Riverside; and Mark DeBoy, Brian Grey and Pete Thompson as sales consultants for the University of Maryland.

Learfield Sports promoted Jake Hobrock to account executive, and named Kyle James general manager, Joe Weiss associate general manager and Jared Schmit sales coordinator at the University of New Mexico.

Intersport hired Andrew Opatkiewicz as vice president of strategic partnerships, Steve Johnson as vice president of public relations, Bill Behrns as director of communications, and Steve Smith Jr. as vice president of sales for CelebTV. Opatkiewicz was associate vice president of strategic development for Stats LLC; Johnson was principal at Steve Johnson Connects; Behrns was assistant athletic director for communications at Loyola University Chicago; and Smith was a vice president for TouchTunes Music Corp.

GRand Solutions hired Paul Kelly to oversee planning and execution of the firm’s communications programs. Kelly was communications manager for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Octagon hired Mindy Coppin as head of Asia Pacific business development and strategic initiatives. Coppin was senior vice president and managing director for IMG Artists Asia Pacific.

The Associated Press promoted Noreen Gillespie to deputy sports editor.

Fox International Channels and the RCN Television Group hired Ibra Morales as president for MundoFox. Morales was senior vice president of national marketing for Katz Television Group.

Rogers Media named Scott Moore president of Sportsnet and NHL and Bart Yabsley senior vice president of NHL and video distribution.

Volar Video named David Bertram chief executive officer and Ben Askren president and chief technology officer.

Amy Konrath stepped down from the position of vice president of public relations and communications at IndyCar.


The North American Soccer League’s Minnesota United FC hired Craig Mallace as director of camps and youth development.

The USL Pro’s Orlando City SC hired Paul McDonough as senior vice president of soccer operations. McDonough was director of global soccer for Wasserman Media Group.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Loudmouth Golf hired Dennis Green as executive vice president and general manager of sales and marketing. Green was managing partner for Indexla.

Executive search firm Harvard Group International named Malcolm Bordelon as an executive-in-residence. Bordelon was executive vice president of business operations for the San Jose Sharks.

People news
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