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People: Executive transactions

The Boston Red Sox promoted Raquel Ferreira to vice president of baseball administration, Amiel Sawdaye to vice president of amateur and international scouting, Mark Wasinger to special assistant for player personnel, Mike Murov to assistant director of major league operations, Brian Abraham to assistant director of player development, Mike Rikard to director of amateur scouting, Steve Sanders to assistant director of amateur scouting, and Gus Quattlebaum to assistant director of professional and international scouting. The team hired Adrian Lorenzo as a major league staff assistant; Paul Fryer as global crosschecker; Joe McDonald as a baseball operations analyst; Dr. Richard Ginsburg as director of behavioral health program; Jason Bartley as a physical therapist and clinical educator; Bob Tewksbury, Laz Gutierrez and Justin Su’a as mental skills coaches; and Nancy Clark as team nutritionist.

The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Naomi Rodriguez as senior director for external affairs and community relations. Rodriguez was senior director of public affairs, marketing and communications for the nonprofit Los Angeles Universal Preschool.

The Pittsburgh Pirates hired Jamey Carroll as a special assistant to the baseball operations staff.

Minor League Baseball promoted Heather Raburn to assistant director for account services and Gabe Rendon to manager of sales and account services. The organization hired Kurt Hunzeker to vice president of marketing strategy and Michelle Jurado as an executive assistant.

The Class A South Atlantic League’s Delmarva Shorebirds named Steve Uhlmann communications services coordinator and Benjamin Posner box office manager and a season ticket and group sales representative.

The Class AA Texas League’s Frisco RoughRiders named Jason Dambach executive vice president and general manager. Dambach will also serve as president for the New York-Penn League’s State College Spikes. Both teams are owned by Greenberg Sports Group.

The Class A short season New York-Penn League’s State College Spikes promoted Scott Walker to general manager and Dan Petrazzolo to assistant general manager of operations.

The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball’s St. Paul Saints hired Mark Jeffrey, Casey Odell and Allison Wenker as account executives and Jillian Beard as events manager.

The National Basketball Players Association hired Jordan Schlachter as chief marketing officer. Schlachter was executive vice president for The Marketing Arm’s sports marketing and sponsorship consulting practice.

Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets promoted Brian Basloe to executive vice president and chief strategy officer of suites and ticket sales, and Elisa Padilla to chief marketing officer, and hired Bob Lynch as senior vice president of global partnerships. Lynch was vice president of sponsorships and media for the Miami Dolphins.

The Golden State Warriors promoted Brandon Schneider to senior vice president of business development.

The Los Angeles Sparks named Christine Simmons president and chief operations officer. Simmons was executive vice president for Magic Johnson Enterprises.

The Minnesota Timberwolves hired Hannah Horner and Jennica Astleford as inside sales associates.

The American Athletic Conference promoted Chuck Sullivan to assistant commissioner for communications.

Ball State University named Mark Sandy athletic director. Sandy was athletic director at Eastern Kentucky University.

Colorado State University named Ben Lorenzen senior associate athletic director for sales, marketing and communications. Lorenzen was general manager of Learfield Sports’ Rams Sports Properties at Colorado State.

Fordham University promoted Andrew Smith to assistant athletic director for compliance.

Illinois Wesleyan University Athletic Director Dennie Bridges will retire, effective July 31.

Miami University promoted Lisa Miller to assistant athletic director for compliance.

The University of Delaware named Jake Olkkola senior associate athletic director for finance and administration and Joe Shirley senior associate athletic director for facilities, operations and sports performance. Augie Maurelli was promoted to assistant vice president for finance, analysis and operations for the university.

Wichita State University hired Kevin Weiberg as executive-in-residence for the Department of Sport Management. Weiberg was deputy commissioner for the Pac-12 Conference before retiring last summer.


Daytona International Speedway hired Jaclyn Miklos as manager of strategic communications.

Centerplate promoted Greg Fender and Sal Ferrulo to executive vice presidents overseeing the company’s North American hospitality service teams and Eric Wooden to senior vice president of hospitality solutions. Dennis Martinez was hired as facility design director.


Fifth Third Bank named David Morton director of business development and strategy for its motorsports banking initiative.

The New York Jets hired Mike Maccagnan as general manager. Maccagnan was director of college scouting for the Houston Texans.

Octagon named Sebastian Smith executive vice president for Octagon Europe, and Aykan Azar and Matthieu Fenaert co-managing directors of Octagon Brazil.

Discovery Communications named Jean-Thierry Augustin president of sports strategy and development, and Peter Hutton chief executive officer for Eurosport.

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic promoted Tom Pahnke to senior director of network operations and Mike Wargo to director of digital media.

GoVision added Kevin Faciane as a partner and vice president of business development.

InStadium hired Sandy Khaund as chief technology officer. Khaund was senior director of Turner Broadcasting’s emerging technologies.

The National Hot Rod Association hired John Byczek as media relations manager.

Roush Fenway Racing hired Bruce Mosley as vice president of strategic marketing.

Tommy Baldwin Racing hired Bray Pemberton as general manager and chief legal counsel. Pemberton was general manager for Swan Racing.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo named Thomas Hoover chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission.


The Upper Deck Co. hired Jeremy Rider and Crystal DeJesus as account managers.

The Topps Co. named Jeremy Strauser general manager of digital. Strauser was co-founder and chief operating officer for Bee Cave Games.

ClubSportal named John Harkes a partner.

CoachUp named John Kelley chief executive officer.


Awards and Boards
The World Golf Foundation named Pete Bevacqua, PGA of America chief executive officer, chairman of the board of directors for 2015.

USA Badminton named Jon Schmieder, Huddle Up Group founder and chief executive officer, to its board of directors.

People news
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