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People: Executive transactions


The Kansas City Royals hired Jason Booker as senior director of corporate sponsorships and broadcast sales. Booker was executive director and general manager for Jayhawk IMG Sports Marketing at the University of Kansas.

The San Diego Padres hired A.J. Preller as general manager. Preller was assistant general manager for the Texas Rangers.

The National Basketball Retired Players Association named ESPN/ABC analyst Jalen Rose the organization’s official ambassador.

The Big East Conference hired Debbie Williamson as supervisor of officials for women’s basketball. Williamson was national coordinator of women’s basketball officiating and secretary-rules editor for the NCAA.

SUNY Geneseo hired Mina Johnson as assistant director of athletic communications and media relations.

University of Iowa named Mark Hankins assistant to the athletic director. Hankins was the university’s men’s golf coach.

The University of Akron hired Cathy Bongiovi as assistant athletic director for communications. Bongiovi was associate director for athletic communications at Temple University.

The University of Tennessee promoted Greg Hulen to chief development officer.

Florida Institute of Technology named John Thomas associate vice president for athletic fundraising. Thomas was the university’s assistant vice president for economic development and community affairs.

The University of Nebraska-Kearney promoted Rich Brodersen to senior associate athletic director and Bill Murphy to assistant athletic director for sports medicine.

Middle Tennessee State University hired Keith McCluney as associate athletic director for development. McCluney was director of regional development for the Deacon Club at Wake Forest University.

The Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association named Ken Beazer, Southern Utah University, president; Jeff Tingey, Idaho State University, 1st vice president; Mark Wilson, Tennessee Tech University, 2nd vice president; and Thorr Bjorn, University of Rhode Island, 3rd vice president. Brian Reese, Presbyterian College; Mark Sandy, Eastern Kentucky; and Bill Smith, Bryant University, were named to the executive committee.

The National Football League hired Brian Banks as a manager in the football operations department. Banks will also assist the officiating department on game days.

Andretti Sports Marketing hired Tim Ramsberger as a vice president. Ramsberger was president of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

U/S Sports Advisors promoted Rashelle Stearns to senior manager of event marketing.

Front Row Marketing Services named Tony Goldenstein director of corporate partnerships for the University of North Dakota athletics, Dustin Morris director of corporate partnerships for the University of Alaska Anchorage athletics, Jim White director of corporate sponsorships and Sarah Wedel premium seating and group sales manager at Independence Events Center in Independence (Mo.).

Marketing agency George P. Johnson launched a new unit that will specialize in sports marketing, and named Kevin Bartram senior vice president and Jon Hickey executive director of the new sports unit.

Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment hired Wynne Hamerman as an account executive in its corporate consulting division. Hamerman was an account executive for Momentum Worldwide.

IMG College hired Kenny Washington as general manager for its partnership at North Carolina A&T State University.

Octagon hired Shea Warnes as a digital strategist. Warnes was a social strategist for BBH London.

Sports-EntCo hired Adam Bakow as vice president of baseball.

Back9Network promoted Charles Cox to chief executive officer. Also, the company added the role of chief operating officer to President Carlos Silva, and to co-founder Reid Gorman, the titles of chief administrative officer and executive vice president of golf industry relations.

ESPN hired Julie Souza as vice president of business development and strategy. Souza was vice president of business development for Sports Illustrated.

ESPN Digital and Print Media hired Amy DuBois Barnett as executive editor for Jason Whitlock’s new ESPN site serving African-American audiences. Barnett was editor-in-chief of Ebony magazine.
Multiteam Companies
The Madison Square Garden Co. hired Sean Creamer as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Sept. 1. Creamer was formerly president and chief executive officer for Arbitron.

The Australian Olympic Committee named Fiona de Jong secretary general. De Jong replaces Craig Phillips, who was with the AOC for 23 years.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Respect Your Universe promoted Marcello Leone to chief executive officer.

Awards and Boards
Philly Sports Holdings named former Philadelphia Flyers President Peter Luukko chairman.

The Women’s Sports Foundation named Deborah Slaner Larkin chief executive officer, and Madeline Weinstein to the board of trustees.

Under Armour named George Bodenheimer, former ESPN executive chair, to its board of directors.

Apple hired Musa Tariq as digital marketing director. Tariq was global senior director of social media and community for Nike.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship hired Carlos Juarez as vice president of Spanish language production. Juarez was director of production for Fox Networks.

People news
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