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People: Executive transactions

MLB named former player Billy Bean ambassador for inclusion.

The Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena promoted David Lee to senior vice president of external affairs and executive director of the Atlanta Hawks Foundation.

The WNBA’s Atlanta Dream named Maureen Brown chief operating officer. Brown was director of financial planning and analysis for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The NBA named Eric Hutcherson senior vice president of human resources. Hutcherson was managing director and chief human resources officer for the U.S. and Canada for insurance broker Marsh.

The Philadelphia 76ers named Zack Robinson sales manager. Robinson was a senior account executive with MLS’s Sporting Kansas City. The team also named Enoch Andoh, Matt Cohn and Troy Snead account executives and Sarah Proctor service and retention coordinator.

Duke University promoted Nina King to deputy athletic director for administration and legal affairs, and chief of staff; Brad Berndt to senior associate athletic director for academic services; Todd Mesibov to associate athletic director for compliance; and Bob Weiseman to assistant athletic director for athletic facilities, game operations and championships. Duke also named Mitch Moser deputy athletic director and chief financial officer, Gerald Harrison senior associate athletic director for internal affairs, Jon Jackson senior associate athletic director for external affairs, and Tony Sales assistant athletic director for student-athlete external affairs.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay named Brendan Gildea assistant athletic director for internal affairs, effective Aug. 4. Gildea was a financial reporting analyst at the University of California, Berkeley.

Lynchburg College named Jon Waters athletic director, effective in early August. Waters was senior associate athletic director at Christopher Newport University.

Northern Kentucky University named Bryan McEldowney assistant athletic director for communications and media services. McEldowney was athletic communications assistant and video coordinator at Xavier University.

Georgia Tech assistant athletic director for media relations Dean Buchan left his position.

Oakland University named Jeffrey Konya athletic director, effective Aug. 11. Konya was athletic director at California State University, Bakersfield.

The Atlantic Coast Conference named Amy Yakola senior associate commissioner and chief of external affairs, Brad Hostetter senior associate commissioner and chief of internal affairs, Jeff Elliott senior associate commissioner and chief financial officer, W. Scott McBurney associate commissioner for advanced media and Lee Butler assistant commissioner for men’s basketball operations.

Georgia Southern University named Tracy Ham associate athletic director. Ham was an All-American quarterback at Georgia Southern.

Clemson University named Joe Simon assistant athletic director for facilities management. Simon was associate athletic director for internal operations at the University of Central Florida.

The University of Louisiana-Lafayette named Rob Stewart senior athletic director for external affairs. Stewart was associate athletic director for marketing and promotions at the University of Houston.

The University of Memphis named Derek Houtz assistant athletic director for ticket operations and sales. Houtz was assistant athletic director for ticket operations at the University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Texas at Dallas named Bill Petitt athletic director. Petitt was associate athletic director for external affairs.

The Big South Conference named Courtney Fritts public relations assistant and Fletcher Jones marketing assistant.


Metropolitan Hospitality, the hospitality company for Citi Field, named Vincent Ruffino Jr. sales assistant. Ruffino was a ticket fulfillment representative for the New York Mets.

HKS sports architects Jerry Fawcett, Byron Chambers and Jonathan Kelley left the company to join Gensler and start a new design studio in Dallas.

Florida Citrus Sports named Scott Herring chief financial officer. Herring was vice president of finance for the Memphis Grizzlies.


The Seattle Seahawks named Ed Goines general counsel and vice president of government affairs.

The NFL named Matt Birk director of football development. Birk played 15 seasons in the NFL.

IMG College named Chad Bolen general manager at Florida State University.

The Aspire Group named Nicole Arteca ticket sales consultant at Rutgers University, Logan Dailey ticket sales consultant at Western Michigan University, Mike Cassidy ticket sales consultant at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Kady Remshik ticket sales consultant for the U.S. Open (tennis).

Johnny Alamo Entertainment named Tiffany Lutke marketing and communications specialist.

WME-IMG Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein left the company for personal reasons. The company also named Seth Krauss general counsel. Krauss was executive vice president and general counsel for Take-Two Interactive.

Comcast-Spectacor named Dan Gallagher senior vice president of strategic growth initiatives. Gallagher was chief of staff for Comcast-Spectacor.

ESPN moved Mike McQuade to vice president of “SportsCenter,” Phil Orlins to senior coordinating producer for MLB and Rich Feinberg to senior coordinating producer for X Games.

Paul Faulkner stepped down as chief executive officer at the English Premier League’s Aston Villa.

Louisville City FC of the USL named Djorn Buchholz president, effective Aug. 4. Buchholz was director of fan experience for MLS’s Sporting Kansas City.

Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing named Francie Gottsegen vice president of U.S. Soccer property.

MLS’s Orlando City Soccer Club named Lenny Santiago vice president of communications. Santiago was senior director of public relations at Daytona International Speedway.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission named Jay Kasten director of sports. Kasten was senior operations director for the Bruno Event Team.

Tennis Canada named Mark Healy chief marketing officer and Helene St-Amand chief financial officer. Healy was head of strategic planning for Venture Communications, and St-Amand was vice principal of finance and administration for Bishop’s University.

Twitter promoted Katie Jacobs Stanton to vice president of global media. Stanton was vice president of international market development.

Bellator MMA named Eric Burak vice president of digital marketing and international distribution. Burak was with Brand Affinity Technologies.

Awards and Boards
The NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association named its officers for 2014-15. The association named Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference’s Steve Murray president, Peach Belt Conference’s David Brunk first vice president, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Dell Robinson second vice president, Great Lakes Valley Conference’s Jim Naumovich past president and Conference Carolinas’ Alan Patterson treasurer.

WWE named Laureen Ong to its board of directors. Ong was most recently president of the Travel Channel.

People news
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