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Careers: On the Move

Changing places and positions around the industry


The Arizona Diamondbacks hired Brendan Cunningham as director of corporate partnerships. Cunningham was formerly senior vice president of corporate partnerships for the Miami Marlins.



The Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena promoted Samir Mayur to vice president of business operations and strategy.


The Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx hired Mike Grahl as chief marketing officer. Grahl was chief digital officer for the Milwaukee Bucks.



The Big 12 Conference hired Jeff Jackson as associate commissioner for men’s basketball and game management. Jackson was deputy commissioner for the Big South Conference.


The Southeastern Conference hired David Batson as assistant commissioner for compliance. Batson was senior associate athletic director for athletics compliance at Texas A&M University.


The University of Arkansas at Little Rock hired Tyson Baldwin as director of athletic development. Baldwin was director of the Louisiana Tech Athletic Club at Louisiana Tech University.


Arkansas State University hired Sarah Munoz as associate athletic director for marketing and fan engagement. Munoz was assistant director of marketing at Auburn University.


Auburn University hired Brant Ust as associate athletic director for administration. Ust was assistant athletic director and executive director of the Monogram Club at the University of Notre Dame.


California Baptist University hired Mike Minyard as associate athletic director for external relations. Minyard was associate athletic director for external affairs at Austin Peay State University.


Clemson University Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Communications Joe Galbraith moved to a new role as the university’s associate vice president for strategic communications. Also, Ross Taylor was hired as assistant athletic director for football communications. Taylor was director of communications for the Washington Redskins.


Dartmouth College hired Kristene Kelly as senior associate athletic director for varsity sports and senior woman administrator. Kelly was athletic director at Keene State College.


Eastern Illinois University hired Erik Lora as assistant athletic director for development and Kiersten Klekner-Alt as assistant athletic director for compliance


Fresno State University named Terrance Tumey athletic director. Tumey was athletic director at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.


Illinois State University hired Travis Johnston as director of compliance and student services.


Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis hired Laura Hue as associate athletic director for compliance. Hue was assistant director of compliance at Northern Kentucky University. 


The University of Kentucky hired Jason Cummins as executive associate athletics director for student-athlete experience. Cummins was director of athletics operations at Horizon Performance.


Lamar University hired Jon Haarlow as associate athletic director and chief financial officer. Haarlow was manager of financial planning and budgeting at Abilene Christian University.


The University of Maryland named Damon Evans athletic director. Evans had been serving as interim athletic director.


Miami University hired Elizabeth Woerle as a major gifts officer and assistant director of development. Woerle was stewardship coordinator for the University of South Carolina.


Michigan State University Executive Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Shelley Applebaum resigned from her position.


Middle Tennessee State University hired David Blackburn as senior associate athletic director for external affairs. Blackburn was formerly vice chancellor and athletic director at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


The University of North Carolina at Asheville hired Dan Freeman as assistant director for athletics advancement. Freeman was coordinator of athletics development at UNC Charlotte.


The University of North Carolina at Charlotte hired Chris Fuller as deputy athletic director for external affairs. Fuller was deputy athletic director for external operations at Syracuse University.


The University of Pittsburgh hired Jennifer Brown as senior associate athletic director for sports medicine. Brown was head athletic trainer at Eastern Michigan University.


San Diego State University hired Tim Lanski as associate athletic director of compliance. Lanski was associate athletic director of compliance at California State University, Northridge.


The University of South Florida named Michael Kelly vice president of athletics. Kelly was chief operating officer for the College Football Playoff.


The University of South Alabama hired Jermaine Williams as assistant athletic director for facilities and game operations. Williams was director of facilities and event operations at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


The University of South Dakota promoted Chase Christiansen to director of athletic video production.


St. John’s University Athletic Director Anton Goff stepped down from his position.


Towson University hired Terry Porter as associate athletic director for compliance. Porter was assistant athletic director for compliance at Loyola University Maryland.


Utah State hired Katie Hickman as director of ticket services. Hickman was previously on the Utah State staff from 2010-15.



The National Football League promoted Jocelyn Moore to executive vice president of communications and public affairs


The NFL Players Association named Doug Whaley director of college scouting. Whaley replaces Tony Softli, who was named Alliance of American Football director of scouting.


The Houston Texans hired J.J. Moses as director of player engagement and Brent Naccara as director of security.


The New York Giants named Kevin Abrams vice president of football operations and assistant general manager, Mark Koncz director of player personnel and Chris Pettit director of college scouting.


Gaming named Arne Peters chief strategy officer, and Nik Adams, Tom Villinger and Melissa Blau to its supervisory board


Envy Gaming hired Geoff Moore as president and chief operating officer.



The PGA Tour named Alex Urban general manager of the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Urban was manager of championship management communications for the PGA Tour. 


Bridgestone Golf hired Dan Murphy as president and chief executive officer. Murphy was with Bridgestone Golf USA from 2004-15.



The Los Angeles Kings hired DERIK JOHNSON as assistant video coordinator.


Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment hired LORISSE GARCIA as senior vice president of people operations.



Canucks Sports & Entertainment hired Dan Richardson as general manager for the National Lacrosse League Vancouver Stealth. Richardson was president and general manager for the Western Lacrosse Association New Westminster Senior Salmonbellies.



BeCore hired Steve Dupee as president. Dupee was executive vice president of business development for GMR.


Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment named Lauren Rainier general manager and Kyle Duncan account executive for Kennesaw State University, Francis Lopez director of sales for Santa Clara University and Kenny Washington associate general manager for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.


Wieden+Kennedy promoted Andre Gustavo to group brand director, and hired Fernanda Antonelli as managing director of W+K São Paulo.



Anthem Sports & Entertainment hired Peter Einstein as chief operating officer.


Learfield hired Jeff Gosey as vice president of sales acceleration. Gosey was senior director of business intelligence for the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans.



Toyota Motor North America named Steven Curtis vice president of Olympic and Paralympic marketing.



USA Gymnastics hired Kyle James as vice president of sales and marketing. James was general manager for Learfield’s Lobo Sports Properties at the University of New Mexico.


U.S. Ski & Snowboard hired Mark Schneider as chief technology officer. Schneider was chief technology officer for Zipscene.



Executive search firm Nolan Partners hired Matt Rogers as a junior associate.

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