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People: Executive transactions

Michael Young, senior vice president of corporate partnerships for the Los Angeles Dodgers, retired.

Delaware North promoted Rick Abramson to chief customer officer and Jim Houser to executive vice president and chief operating officer.

The Florida Panthers hired former NHL player Shawn Thornton as vice president of business operations.

The Minnesota Wild promoted Matt Majka to president and NHL board of governors alternate governor, Jamie Spencer to executive vice president of business development, Carin Anderson to senior vice president of corporate partnerships and retail management, Brent Flahr to senior vice president of hockey operations, Mitch Helgerson to senior vice president of marketing and ticket sales, Maria Troje to vice president of customer service and rentention, Erica McKenzie to senior manager of customer service and retention, Wayne Petersen to director of community relations and hockey partnerships, and Rachel Schuldt to executive director of the Wild Foundation.

The Los Angeles Kings named Gabe Gelbard community and player relations assistant and Cody von Rueden coordinator of Lil Kings and events.

Lewis Brisbois named Brian Michael Cooper partner of its Denver office in the entertainment, media and sports practice.

MKTG hired Doug Hall as senior vice president of sports and entertainment. Hall was senior vice president at Ascendant Sports Group.

MWWPR named Mark Riggs senior vice president. Riggs was executive vice president at Taylor.

Learfield promoted Gerry Dickey, Jeff Bolitho and Tim Utrup to vice president and Tom Wistrcill and Pat Fagan to senior vice president. The company named Scott Silvestri vice president and general manager at the University of Wisconsin and hired Gil Beverly as a vice president. Beverly was vice president of college sports marketing and sponsorship activation at ESPN.

Wasserman named Alan Palmer vice president of growth and development. Palmer was a founder and principal at Knowmatter.

Whistle Sports promoted Deirdre Lester to executive vice president and global head of brand partnerships.

TV executives Vincent Cordero and David Torres launched Invivo Media Group.

Fox Sports Digital senior vice president of content Mark Pesavento and vice president Mike Foss are leaving the company.

NextVR hired Joey Maestas as senior social marketing strategist. Maestas was a social media strategist for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Rafa Matos formed race team Next Level Motorsports.

Formula One named Nigel Kerr finance director of motorsports, Jason Somerville head of aerodynamics and Craig Wilson head of vehicle performance.

Speedway Motorsports Inc. promoted Daniel Bandoly to director of business development, Bryan Hammond to executive director of business development and entertainment, Kelly Watts to manager of business development and Mike Ziegler to vice president of business development.

Orange County’s NASL club, which will begin play in spring 2018, hired Michael Collins as president and general manager.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Columbia Sportswear President and Chief Operating Officer Bryan Timm is leaving the company.

Adidas hired Beth Gast as director of public relations in its Portland office. Gast was a global communications director for Nike Golf.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The Charlotte Sports Foundation promoted Will Pitts to associate executive director.

Amazon Tickets named Michael Shaw principal of business development for sports. Shaw was head of sports, arts and theater partnerships for Groupon.

Nolan Partners named Stewart King head of performance.

Awards and Boards
The Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame enshrined multisport athlete Overton Curtis, golf instructor Butch Harmon, boxer Floyd Mayweather, driver and race team owner Sam Schmidt and the Las Vegas Bowl.

People news
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