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People: Executive transactions

The St. Louis Cardinals named Melody Yount manager of player communications, Jennifer Long baseball developer and Javier Duren a baseball operations fellow.

The Class AA Southern League Biloxi Shuckers hired Hunter Reed as general manager. Reed was assistant general manager for the Class A Appalachian League Greeneville Astros.

The Class A Carolina League Winston-Salem Dash promoted Russell Parmele to senior director of business operations, Paul Stephens to director of ticket sales, Brittani Stewart to community relations manager, Kenny Lathan to director of corporate service and suite sales, Brittany Daley to group sales representative, LaToya Wilson to business development representative and Ayla Acosta to corporate partnership representative. The team hired Blair Hoke as director of corporate partnerships, Joe Weil as broadcaster and media relations manager, Ryan Nicholson as creative services assistant and Owen Wilson as box office manager.

WNBA Vice President of Referee Operations and Director of Officiating Programs Don Vaden departed his position after nearly 30 years with the NBA and WNBA.


Florida A&M University hired Keith Miles as deputy athletic director.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette hired Hollis Conway as assistant director for diversity, leadership and education.

The University of North Carolina Asheville hired David Jandrew as assistant athletic director for athletics advancement and major gifts. Jandrew was director of development for The First Tee of Greater Charlotte.

Overwatch League team New York Excelsior hired David Kopelman as head of sponsorship. Kopelman was vice president and group director of multimedia ad sales for Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

Americrown and International Speedway Corp. hired Mandy Mora as director of accounting.

Kansas Speedway promoted Joe Fowler to vice president of sales and marketing, Ryan Hogue to senior director of communications and consumer marketing, and Eric Peterson to director of corporate sales and marketing.


PCG SportsDesk hired Lainie Gentile and Jeff Owen as national directors of corporate partnerships. Gentile was partnership sales manager for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx and Target Center, and Owen was vice president of sales for Impression Sports & Entertainment.


Fox Sports hired Vernon Cheek as vice president of media relations. Cheek was director of publicity for CBS.

NBC Sports hired Damon Phillips as general manager for NBC Sports Washington. Phillips was vice president of technical product management for ESPN.

Time Inc. promoted Josh Oshinsky to executive producer of sports video for SI, SI Swimsuit and SI Kids, and vice president of programming for the new SI TV streaming service.

TruTV promoted Nancy McKenna to senior vice president of production.


IndyCar named Kyle Novak race director for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Chip Ganassi Racing promoted Max Jones to managing director of the team’s NASCAR operation.

Multiteam Companies

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment promoted Mike Zavodsky to chief revenue officer and Josh Pruss to senior vice president of global partnerships, and hired Dan Lefton as senior vice president of tickets, strategy and operations.

USA Diving hired Kevin Ankrom as high performance director. Ankrom was high performance director for US Lacrosse.

Sporting Goods and Apparel

Columbia Sportswear hired Christian Buss as director of investor relations. Buss was director of global apparel research for Credit Suisse.

Topps named David Leiner global general manager for its new global sports and entertainment division.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The Oregon Sports Authority hired Jim Etzel as executive director. Etzel was founder, chief executive officer and chairman for the Etzel Agency.

TeamSnap hired Sarah Berg as director of marketing communications. Berg was director of marketing for Sittercity.

FanDuel named Andy Giancamilli chief operating officer. Giancamilli will also continue in his role as chief financial officer.

People news

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