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People: Executive Transactions


The West Coast League named Rob Neyer commissioner.



Ben Morel, NBA senior vice president and managing director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will step down from his position at the end of July. Morel has been with the NBA since 1998.


The Milwaukee Bucks hired Robert Cordova as senior vice president and chief technology officer; Mathieu Gilman as vice president of global business development; Charles Ransom as director of guest experience; Hilary Dickinson as communications manager; Nina Grimsic as talent acquisition manager; and T.J. Sagen as manager of live event programming for the new Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center.



Chicago State University named Chris Zorich athletic director. Zorich was athletic director at Prairie State College.


Eastern Washington University named Devon Thomas senior associate athletic director for external affairs. Thomas was associate athletic director and director of philanthropy specifically assigned to athletics for the EWU Foundation. 


The University of Houston hired Monty Porter as senior associate athletic director for finance and administration. Porter was senior associate athletic director at Western Michigan University.


The University of Pennsylvania promoted Scott Ward to senior associate athletic director and chief operations officer.


Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Athletic Director Scott Lazenby stepped down from his position but will continue to serve the university in a special initiatives role.


Wabash College named Matt Tanney athletic director. Tanney was athletic director at Western Illinois University.



The Tennessee Golf Foundation named Whit Turnbow president. Turnbow was senior associate athletic director at Middle Tennessee State University.



The Carolina Hurricanes hired Rick Dudley as senior vice president of hockey operations. Dudley was senior vice president of hockey operations for the Montreal Canadiens.


The Columbus Blue Jackets hired Luke Napolitano as CRM coordinator.


The Vegas Golden Knights hired Adrienne Cass as vice president of human resources.



Major League Lacrosse hired Carrie Gamper as director of marketing and events. Gamper was a consultant for Nielsen.



Edelman hired Joe Lockhart as vice chairman of public affairs. Lockhart was formerly vice president of communications and government affairs for the National Football League.


Endeavor Global Marketing hired Robin Clarke as senior vice president for international. Clarke was global head of sport and entertainment for Publicis Media.


DKC hired Brendan Prunty and Tamarah Strauss as account supervisors for its sports group. Prunty was a senior account executive on the sports team for Coyne PR and Strauss was a senior account executive for M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment.


Sporting Goods and Apparel

Nike promoted Kellie Leonard to chief diversity and inclusion officer and Amy Montagne to vice president and general manager of global categories.


Teamwork Athletic Apparel hired Jeff James national sales director.



The American Cancer Society hired Daryl Evans as vice president of sports alliances. Also, Margaret McCaffery was elected to the American Cancer Society board of directors.


BCD Sports hired Billy Catlin as director of business development for team travel.


Innovative Partnerships Group (IPG360) hired Dan Etna as a business development associate. Etna was an account executive for the Leverage Agency.

To have your personnel announcements included in the People section, please send information and photos to Brandon McClung at 120 W. Morehead St., Suite 310, Charlotte, NC 28202, or email them to Electronic photos must be a jpg or tiff file for Macintosh, 2.25 inches wide at 300 dpi. Color only, please.