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People: Executive transactions

The Phoenix Suns named Bubba Burrage general manager of the NBA D-League Bakersfield Jam. Burrage was head pro personnel scout for the Suns.

The University of Missouri–Kansas City named Ursula Gurney senior woman administrator and senior associate athletic director for internal operations. Gurney was senior associate athletic director for academics and strategic initiatives.

Arizona State University named Greg McElroy associate vice president and chief business development officer for Sun Devil Athletics. McElroy was senior vice president for sales and marketing for the Dallas Cowboys.

Bradley University named Brett Burchette associate athletic director for external affairs, effective June 9. Burchette was an assistant professor in sports management at Drexel University.

Caldwell College named Kristina Danella associate athletic director and women’s basketball coach. Danella was women’s basketball coach at Urbana (Ohio) University.

Stony Brook University named Shawn Heilbron athletic director. Heilbron was senior associate athletic director for development at Oregon State University.

The University of South Florida promoted Barry Clements to deputy athletic director, Jocelyn Fisher to senior associate athletic director for administration and senior woman administrator, Yulander Wells senior associate athletic director for finance and chief financial officer, and Elliott Charles associate athletic director for compliance.

Youngstown State University named Jim Tressel president, starting July 1. Tressel was executive vice president for student success at the University of Akron and was formerly football coach at Youngstown State and Ohio State University.


Metropolitan Hospitality, the hospitality company for Citi Field, named Amir Shayegan event director. Shayegan was deputy director of the Street Activity Permit Office in the Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management in New York City.

Webster Bank Arena named Sally Presutto vice president of events. Presutto was director of touring for TNA Entertainment.

The Green Bay Packers promoted Craig Benzel to vice president of sales and business development, and named Gabrielle Valdez Dow vice president of marketing and fan engagement. Dow was vice president of marketing for the Baltimore Ravens.

Minnesota Vikings director of college scouting Scott Studwell stepped down.

The Miami Dolphins named Eric Stokes assistant general manager. Stokes was director of college scouting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers named Jon Robinson director of player personnel and Andy Speyer national scout. Robinson was director of college scouting for the New England Patriots, and Speyer was a college scout for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The ECHL’s Reading Royals named Drew Bell president. Bell was general counsel, chief operating officer and chief marketing officer of SafetyCare Technologies.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon hired Corby Jones and Bill Odle as of counsel and members of the firm’s new intercollegiate and amateur sports practice.

Coyne Public Relations promoted Chris Brienza to senior vice president and head of the company’s New York office.

Learfield Sports named Chuck Spicer general manager for Falcon Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holder for Bowling Green State University Athletics. Spicer was vice president of sales, marketing and communications for Iowa Speedway.

Scout Sports and Entertainment promoted Ian Parker to account coordinator. The company also hired Alex Magid as account executive and Dan Pritsker as account coordinator. Magid was senior account coordinator for LeadDog Marketing Group, and Pritsker was account manager for event operations with Precision Sports & Entertainment.

Sports Illustrated named Emma Span senior editor. Span was senior editor for Sports On Earth.

NBCUniversal named Luis Silberwasser president of Telemundo Network, effective in August. Silberwasser was executive vice president and chief content officer for Discovery Networks International.

The Online Publishers Association named Jason Kint chief executive officer, replacing Pam Horan, who leaves the position this week. Kint was senior vice president and general manager of CBS Interactive’s sports division.

Jackson Motorsports Group promoted Joe Ignacio to program director, Alex Perez to program manager, David Trimble to sales manager and Jennifer Ignacio to operations manager.

Multiteam Companies
Ilitch Holdings named Doug Kuiper vice president of corporate communications. Kuiper was chief marketing officer of Covisint.

USA Basketball named Greg Urbano digital director. Urbano was product manager for Fox Sports Digital Media.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation named Riccardo Fraccari its first president. Fraccari was president of the International Baseball Federation.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation promoted Krista Washington to associate manager of marketing and communications and Patricia Arty to associate manager of development and hired Emma Nelson as development assistant.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards

The Springfield (Mo.) Sports Commission named Whitney White assistant director.

Adidas named Zion Armstrong brand director in North America, effective Aug. 1.

BeRecruited Chief Executive Officer Vishwas Prabhakara left the company.

WWE named Annie Kruger senior manager of network public relations. Kruger was director of sports communications, sports and event programming at Showtime.

Awards and Boards
The Associated Press named to its board of directors Bill Hoffman, president of Cox Media Group; Isaac Lee, president of Univision Communications; and Rob King, senior vice president of “SportsCenter” and news for ESPN.

The Outback Bowl named Kevin Smith chairman of its board of directors. Smith is director of sports of the St. Petersburg Clearwater Sports Commission.

U.S. Masters Swimming presented Hill Carrow its 2014 Ransom Arthur Award, which recognizes outstanding volunteer services that benefit the development of Masters swimming. Carrow is chief executive officer of the Triangle Sports Commission.

The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America named Frank DeSocio executive director, effective July 1. DeSocio is president of Strike Ten Entertainment.

IntelliCell Bio Sciences named Merril Hoge to its board of advisers. Hoge is a NFL analyst for ESPN.

Bauer Performance Sports’ board of directors appointed Karyn Barsa independent director.

The Holmes Group awarded Tony Signore with the Sabre Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement. Signore is chief executive officer and managing partner of Taylor.

Hulman and Co. named Mitch Daniels to its board of directors. Daniels is president of Purdue University.

The New York State Broadcasters Association named Mike Francesa to its Hall of Fame. Francesa is a host for CBS Radio’s WFAN-AM/FM in New York.

The PGA of America appointed Rob Rush to serve on the PGA properties advisory committee. Rush is chief executive officer of LRA Worldwide.

People news
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