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People: Executive Transactions


Major League Baseball named Chris Young vice president of on-field operations, initiatives and strategy.



The Women’s National Basketball Association promoted Bethany Donaphin to head of WNBA league operations.


The Dallas Mavericks promoted Whitney Neal to vice president of ticket sales and services, Gail O’Bannon to vice president of diversity and inclusion, and Erin Finegold to vice president of corporate communications and events.



The Mountain West Conference named Stuart Buchanan director of strategic communications, Aly Donahue and Samuel Feldman assistant directors of strategic communications, Anna Goodell assistant director of administration and Kevin Rorke assistant director of championship.


High Point University hired Cayden Casey as multimedia production coordinator. Casey was associate director of video production at The Citadel.


Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis hired Jaunelle White as senior associate athletic director for internal operations and senior woman administrator. White was formerly senior associate athletic director for internal operations and senior woman administrator at Alabama State University.


Iona College promoted Matt Glovaski to athletic director.


Iowa State University hired Charles Small as senior associate athletic director for student services. Small was associate athletic director for academic services at the University of Arkansas.


The University of Northern Iowa promoted Nathan Christensen to associate athletic director for external affairs and Steve Schofield to deputy athletic director for administration.


Penn State promoted Cory Chapman to associate athletic director for facility and event operations.



SMG promoted Amanda Shankle to marketing manager and hired Lyndsey Edwards as marketing and group sales coordinator for Intrust Bank Arena.


The Sprint Center promoted Michael Chalfie to assistant general manager, adding to his duties as vice president of event services and operations.



The Cleveland Browns promoted David Jenkins to executive vice president and chief operating officer; Peter John-Baptiste to senior vice president of communications; Ted Tywang to vice president and general counsel; Carlos Oseguera to senior director of fan experience and special events; Joe Moeller to director of business analytics; and Lindsay Strauch to senior manager of partnership activation.


The San Francisco 49ers promoted the following: Hannah Gordon to chief administrative officer and general counsel; Rahul Chandhok to vice president of public affairs; Esther Chi to vice president and controller; Jeff Fong to vice president of finance; Jihad Beauchman to deputy general counsel; Harpreet Basran to director of human resources; Collin Meador to director of 49ers enterprises and investments; Hasan Khanzada to senior manager of finance; Alison Lu to senior manager of strategy and analytics; Ben Burdick to manager of strategy and analytics; Meghan Grenier to manager of ticket operations; Johnny Volk to social media manager; Brian Itanen to IT engineer; Mykela Deranleau to human resources generalist; Tessa Giammona to coordinator of corporate communications; Amelia Huie to analyst of strategy and analytics; Craig Martin to director of 49ers enterprises partnerships; Ryan Oppelt to director of Bay Area host committee and executive director of bowl game; Nana Yaw to director of premium, suite and SBL sales; Lindsey Arnold, Safia Diab and Cassandra Trujillo to senior managers of partnership activation; Brandon Lohmann to senior manager of premium member service; Lauren Hall to senior event manager; Cicely Nash to event manager of college football properties and catered events; Jesse Richmond to manager of technical operations; Nick Ortiz and Christian Trigg to senior SBL sales consultants; Brian Mulcrone, Bennett Sexton, Kyle Toy and Aaron Wicklund to SBL sales consultants; Todd Valentine to senior educator of 49ers EDU; Bronwen Phillips to coordinator of 49ers EDU; and Kyle Snyder and Alexis Speliotis to group sales consultants.



Game Day Communications hired Will Sikes as chief operating officer, Tracey Schneider as director of client strategy and Stephanie Denzel client services director.


Steve Delsohn launched Delsohn Strategies, a strategic communications and public relations agency. 



USA Surfing hired Becky Fleischauer-Jewell to lead media and communications leading up to the sport’s 2020 Olympic debut.



Turnkey Intelligence launched a new strategic consulting arm led by Executive Vice President Tony Ponturo, Senior Vice President of Marketing Partnerships George Perry and Vice President of Marketing Partnerships Danielle Byrd.

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.