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People: Executive transactions

The Chicago Cubs named Darnell McDonald baseball operations assistant. McDonald played seven seasons in MLB.

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx promoted Steve Beno to senior manager of Lynx sales and service, and Mike Fuhrman to senior manager of group events.

The Portland Trail Blazers’ director of sustainability and public affairs, Justin Zeulner, left his position to work with Vulcan, the team’s parent company.

The Little East Conference named Megan Erbes assistant commissioner. Erbes was a communications assistant for the American Athletic Conference.

The Philadelphia Big 5 named Steve Bilsky executive director, effective in July. Bilsky will retire as athletic director at Penn in June.

The University of Arkansas named Julie Cromer senior associate athletic director for administration and sports programs, and senior woman administrator. Cromer was executive associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Indiana University.

Penn State University named Tom McGrath associate athletic director for business relations and communications. McGrath was vice president of international business development for Jet Set Sports.

Princeton University named Mollie Marcoux athletic director, effective Aug. 4. Marcoux was executive vice president and executive director of Chelsea Piers’ complex in Connecticut.

Rutgers University named Tom Luicci senior director of digital media, effective May 5. Luicci was a sportswriter for the Newark Star-Ledger.

Worcester State University named Michael Mudd athletic director, effective June 9. Mudd was previously president of the American Hockey League’s Worcester Sharks.

Barclays Center named Marco Fabozzi director of food and beverage operations. Fabozzi was senior director of food and beverage at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis.

Centerplate promoted Adrian Dishington to chief operating officer of its U.K. operations.

SMG named Marc Mulherin general manager of the Branson (Mo.) Convention Center. Mulherin was assistant general manager, director of food and beverage operations, and director of capital and special projects for Savor at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The Miami Beach Bowl named Blake Guthrie assistant executive director of operations and events. Guthrie was associate manager of events for ESPN.

The New England Patriots named Dr. Matt Provencher the team’s medical director. Provencher is the chief of sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He replaces Dr. Thomas Gill, who stepped down to focus on his private practice.

The Tennessee Titans named Tre’ Stallings director of player engagement and Amie Wells communications coordinator. Stallings was assistant director of championships for the SEC.

KemperSports named Mark Mattingly and David Kupstas regional operating executives.


Tennis Channel named Adam Ware senior vice president, head of digital media. Ware was founder and principal of Aware Media Consulting.

Hendrick Motorsports named David Harris automotive communications manager. Harris was a senior manager for Fox Sports 1 communications.

Andretti Autosport named Roger Griffiths director of motorsport development. Griffiths was technical director for Honda Performance Development.

International Speedway Corp. promoted Craig Neeb to senior vice president of business development and chief digital officer.

NASCAR named Peter Jung senior director of growth segment marketing and Nicole Smith director of growth segment marketing. Marcus Jadotte, vice president of public affairs and multicultural development, is leaving the organization but will remain a consultant.

The U.S. Equestrian Federation named Chris Welton chief executive officer, effective June 1. Welton was with Teneo Holdings and is the former chief executive officer of Helios Partners.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
The Adidas Group promoted Mark King to president of Adidas Group North America, effective June 1. King replaces Patrik Nilsson, who leaves to become CEO of fashion brand Gant. The company also promoted Ben Sharpe to chief executive officer of TaylorMade-Adidas Golf.

Fanatics named Doug Mack chief executive officer. Mack was chief executive officer for online marketplace One Kings Lane.

Ultimate Fighting Championship named Lou Lauria vice president of governing body relationships and International Fight Week. Lauria was with Helios Partners.

Awards and Boards
The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts-Amherst named Mike Slive executive-in-residence. Slive is the commissioner of the SEC.

The National Association of Sports Commissions named Kevin Smith board chair. Smith is director of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater (Fla.) Sports Commission.

The USA Triathlon board of directors elected Barry Siff president, Mike Wien vice president, Kevin Sullivan secretary and Jack Weiss treasurer.

Gator Bowl Sports named Vince McCormack chairman.

People news
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