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People: Executive transactions

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference named Kris Dunbar commissioner. Dunbar was athletic director at Lake Superior State University.

Hofstra University hired John Paris and Shane McKay as athletic facilities coordinators.

Southern University named Roman Banks athletic director. Banks was men’s basketball coach.

Texas A&M University hired Douglas Walker as senior associate athletic director for external affairs. Walker was senior associate athletic director for communications at the University of Alabama.

Wayne State University promoted Kelsey Meyers to assistant athletic director for compliance and NCAA liaison.

Western Illinois University hired Danielle Surprenant as senior associate athletic director for internal operations and senior woman administrator. Surprenant was associate athletic director for compliance and internal operations at Quincy University.

Combat Sports
UFC named Duncan French vice president of performance for the new UFC Performance Institute. French was as director of performance sciences and director of Olympic sport strength and conditioning at the University of Notre Dame.

The Pacific Pro Football League hired Thomas Goodhines as vice president of football administration. Goodhines was Arena Football League executive vice president.

Narrative Partners named Amy Gaskin head of partnership development. Gaskin was executive director of sports and entertainment marketing for JPMorgan Chase.

Primeview Americas hired David Delaplain as director of broadcast and media sales. Delaplain was regional sales manager for Vizrt Americas.

Multiteam Companies
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx hired Ryan Davenport as senior director of sales. Davenport was director of premium sales for New York City FC.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment hired Kate Bedingfield as vice president of communications. Bedingfield was deputy assistant to the president and communications director for former Vice President Joe Biden.

The USL’s Nashville Soccer Club hired Michael Schetzel as vice president of ticketing and sponsorship and James Cannon as vice president of marketing and communications.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Columbia Sportswear named David Lawner senior vice president of North America direct-to-consumer.


Lagardère Sports promoted Keely O’Brien to Citi Open tournament director.

The U.S. Tennis Association hired Brian Boland as USTA player development head of men’s tennis. Boland is coach of the University of Virginia men’s tennis team.


Sportradar hired Ashok Balakrishnan as senior vice president of technology and product management for the U.S. market. Balakrishnan was technology and engineering director for digital production creation at Nike.

Awards and Boards
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts named Heidi Ueberroth, Pebble Beach Co. owner and director, to its board of directors.

The National Association of Sports Commissions named to the inaugural class of the National Association of Sports Commissions Sports Tourism Hall of Fame Hill Carrow of the Triangle Sports Commission, the late Kevin Gray of the Kansas City Sports Commission, the late Jack Hughes of the Gainesville (Fla.) Sports Commission, Diane McGraw of Pennsylvania Travel and Tourism, Tim Schneider of SportsTravel Magazine and the TEAMS Conference and Don Schumacher of the NASC staff.

Topgolf named Troy Alstead, former Starbucks chief operating officer and Harbor O5 founder and president, to its board of directors.

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association named Bill Mudd, Churchill Downs Inc. president and chief operating officer, to its board of directors.

People news
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