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People: Executive transactions

The Chicago Cubs named former MLB pitcher Ted Lilly special assistant to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.

The Seattle Mariners named Joe Myhra vice president of ballpark operations. Myhra was director of maintenance for Safeco Field.

Ripken Baseball named Joe Harrington general manager of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League’s Aberdeen (Md.) IronBirds.

The Philadelphia 76ers promoted Adam Tuval and Ashley Shapiro to account executives and Paige Mollineaux to executive assistant.


Purdue University named Morgan Burke vice president in addition to his title of athletic director.

Northern Illinois University hired Melissa Dawson as senior associate athletic director and director of student-athlete academic support services. Dawson was associate athletic director for student services at the University of Tulsa.

The University of Miami named Tim Harris assistant director of football operations. Harris was football coach at Miami’s Booker T. Washington High School.

The University of Missouri hired Tim Stedman as associate athletic director for advancement. Stedman was associate athletic director for development at Michigan State University.

The University of Washington hired Andrew Garlock and Chris Carra as ticket sales account executives.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers named Ailey Penningroth chief marketing officer. Penningroth was chief marketing officer for the Atlanta Hawks.

The PGA of America promoted Brian Cleek to director of sales.

ProVentures promoted Jerry Casselano to vice president of corporate hospitality.

Octagon hired Michael Swenson to work in its football division. Swenson was TRU Sports Group president.

U/S Sports Advisors promoted Abby Gras to public relations manager and hired Jesse Ghiorzi as senior manager of brand development.

IMG College named Kristen Rose general manager at Georgia Tech and Craig Decker general manager at Miami (Ohio).

ESPN named Joe Disney producer of “SEC Nation,” which will debut on the new SEC Network on Aug. 28. Disney was producer at the Longhorn Network.

Fox Deportes promoted Pamela Torres to director of operations.

Showtime Networks promoted David Nevins to president.


The NHRA named Geno Effler vice president of public relations and communications. Effler was vice president of corporate communications at Volvo Cars of North America.

Hendrick Motorsports hired Christine Brownlow as manager of brand and digital. Brownlow was senior account executive at Taylor.

The IHRA and IRG Sports & Entertainment named Todd Silvey managing editor of Drag Review Magazine.

The U.S. Olympic Museum named Kristen Downs executive administrative coordinator.

D.C. United promoted Mike Schoenbrun to chief revenue officer and named Tom Hunt chief operating officer. Hunt replaces Michael Williamson, who was named chief financial officer of Serie A club Inter Milan.

New York Red Bulls general manager Jerome de Bontin resigned.

The International Tennis Federation named Kenny MacLeod executive director of commercial.


EXOS, formerly Athletes’ Performance, promoted Trevor Moawad to vice president of pro/elite sports.

Awards and Boards
The International Association of Venue Managers named John Bolton board chairman. Bolton is general manger of the BOK Center and Cox Business Center for SMG in Tulsa, Okla.

The National Basketball Retired Players Association named Nancy Lieberman, Dwight Davis and Eldridge Recasner to its board of directors. Lieberman is the first female to serve on the NBRPA’s board of directors.

Sports investment banking firm Accelerate Sports named Andy Dolich, Dave Holland and Doug Renert to its advisory board.

The NCAA appointed Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir and University of North Carolina at Asheville Athletic Director Janet Cone to the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.

Lindsay Davenport, Chantal Vandierendonck, Nick Bollettieri, Jane Brown Grimes and John Barrett were elected for enshrinement into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

The Women in Sports & Events L.A. board of directors named Cassie Zebisch director of public relations and media. Zebisch is communications manager at AEG.

People news
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