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Volume 22 No. 3
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On the Move

Changing places and positions around the industry

Baseball

The Baltimore Orioles hired MIKE ELIAS as executive vice president and general manager and SIG MEJDAL as assistant general manager.

 

The Texas Rangers promoted WADE HOWELL to vice president and JANELL BULLOCK and JON CLEMMONS to assistant general managers for the Class A-Advanced Carolina League Down East Wood Ducks.

 

The Class A-Advanced Carolina League Myrtle Beach Pelicans hired RYAN WATERS as director of business development.

 

Basketball

The Heat Group hired CHRIS MARCIANI as vice president of corporate partnership and activation. Marciani was vice president of tournament revenue for the PGA Tour.

 

The Milwaukee Bucks promoted ARVIND GOPALRATNAM to vice president of corporate social responsibility and executive director for the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation.

 

Colleges

The Big Sky Conference named TOM WISTRCILL commissioner. Wistrcill was senior vice president for Learfield.

 

Baylor University hired ERICA SCHILLING as associate athletic director and athletics chief of staff. Schilling was associate director of development at Kansas State University.

 

Florida State University promoted ASHTON HENDERSON to assistant athletic director for student-athlete development.

 

The University of Kansas hired TERRY PRENTICE as assistant athletic director for major gifts, track administration and diversity initiatives. Prentice was director of development for the Razorback Foundation at the University of Arkansas.

 

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette hired DUANE BAILEY as deputy athletic director and chief financial officer. Bailey was deputy athletic director and chief financial officer at Seton Hall University.

 

Miami University promoted NICK SMITH to assistant athletic director for major gifts and associate director of development.

 

Michigan State University Deputy Athletic Director GREG IANNI will retire from his current duties effective Jan. 31, 2019. Ianni will work in an advisory capacity through the remainder of his contract, which ends June 30, 2019.

 

The University of Missouri-Kansas City hired BRANDON MARTIN as athletic director and CHAD WALLER as athletic communications director. Martin was athletic director at California State University, Northridge, and Waller was director of athletics communications and media for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

 

Robert Morris University Athletic Director CRAIG COLEMAN will step down, effective Dec. 7, after 13 years in that role.

 

The University of Vermont promoted NICH HALL to director of athletic communications and broadcasting and PETE ESTES to director of CatamounTV.

 

Facilities

Chase Center hired CHARLES MARINO as vice president of security. Marino was a partner at Opsec Alliance Partners.

 

Memphis International Raceway hired TIM PACKMAN as president. Packman was president for Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway and Dragway.

 

Staples Center promoted TODD KAUSEN to vice president of event presentation; JEFF CURTIS to vice president of digital signage; KENNY MIN to senior manager of art design; DAVID CARPENTER to senior director of broadcast services; RON PLAZO to manager of broadcast services; MICHAEL BECKER to director of event services; ASHLEY SINCLAIR to event manager; CHRISTINA MIKHAIL to manager of booking and special services; DANIELLE SNYDER to senior vice president of guest services and security; AMBER WATTS to senior director of guest services; ANGELA BAKER to senior vice president of human resources and office services; XIOMARA SERRANO to human resources senior manager; ROCIO HIDALGO and VIRGINIA TELLO to human resources managers; and CATHY DIAZ to human resources coordinator.

 

Football

The Seattle Seahawks promoted DAVID YOUNG to senior vice president of business operations and general manager for CenturyLink Field, AMY SPRANGERS to senior vice president of revenue and CHRIS LAWRENCEto vice president of ticket sales and service.

 

Gaming

Esports tournament organizer ESL hired FRANK UDDO as senior vice president of global media. Uddo was president for MP & Silva’s North American division.

 

Golf

The Farmers Insurance Open and Century Club of San Diego hired JULIA WINTERas senior manager of partnerships. Winter was manager of premium sales for the San Diego Padres.

 

Hockey

Seattle Hockey Partners named VICTOR DE BONIS chief operating officer and KEN JOHNSEN construction executive for OVG-Seattle.

 

Law

Phillips Nizer hired EDWARD SCHAUDER as a partner in its New York office. Schauder was general counsel and executive vice president of licensing
for Steiner Sports.

 

Marketing

Legends and JMI hired MATT O’BRIEN as senior vice president of partnership development for its Notre Dame Global Partnerships.

 

Former Maroon PR Director of Brand and Business Development CHRIS DALEY launched public relations and marketing company Whirlaway.

 

Creative Artists Agency promoted PAIGE FELDMAN and JACK KINGSLEY to brand consulting executives, PAIGE HOLTZMAN to agent in its motion picture literary department and BRETT LIEBERMAN to an executive for CAA Sports.

 

Learfield hired MIKE HAMILTON as executive vice president and JOE POTTERas senior vice president for its university partnership group. Also, DAVID ANDERSON was hired as general manager for Falcon Sports Properties at Bowling Green State University and KEVIN WILLIAMS as general manager for its Patriot League Sports Properties.

 

PFS Agency named JACOB PRESSER a senior agent and promoted SAMANTHA SANKOVICH to partner and vice president for athlete management and marketing strategy.

 

Media

FanSided named JASON COLE as editor-in-chief for FanSided.com.

 

FuboTV hired HANNAH BROWN as chief strategy officer. Brown was senior vice president of corporate development for Relevent Sports Group.

 

NESN hired RICK JAFFE as vice president of programming and production. Jaffe was executive producer for Vegas Stats & Information Network.

 

Nielsen Sports & Entertainment Regional Head of Consulting and Global Head of Consulting, Brand and Sponsorship MICHAEL LYNCH stepped down from his position.

 

Univision promoted JOSE LUIS LOS ARCOS to vice president of sports partner solutions.

 

Soccer

Major League Soccer named DR. MARGOT PUTUKIAN chief medical officer, DR. BERT MANDELBAUM associate chief medical officer, JOHN GALLUCCI assistant to the chief medical officer and DR. LAWRENCE LEMAK chief medical officer emeritus.

 

The Chicago Fire hired KYLE SHELDON as senior vice president of marketing. Sheldon was vice president of marketing for the Seattle Sounders.

 

Sporting Goods & Apparel

Columbia Sportswear hired TROY SICOTTE as vice president of sales for North America for its Mountain Hardwear brand. Sicotte was global director of sales for 034Motorsport.

 

Nike named CARL GREBERT vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific and Latin America, ANN HEBERT vice president for global sales and CRAIG WILLIAMS president of Jordan Brand.

 

Ticketing

StubHub hired GREG MRVA as chief financial officer. Mrva was managing director of global internet banking for Morgan Stanley.

 

Awards and Boards

Callaway Golf named LAURA FLANAGAN, Foster Farms chief executive officer, to its board of directors.

 

Little League International named PETE CACHEIRO, DR. DANIEL LUEDERS, JOJO RINEBOLD, JENICE CONDIE, KEN LIESEGANG and ROY ROMAYA to its board of directors.

 

Nike named JOHN ROGERS JR., Ariel Investments founder, chairman, chief executive officer and chief investment officer, to its board of directors

 

Other

AEG Presents for its new AEG Global Touring division promoted DONNA DIBENEDETTO to vice president, JENNY HEIFETZ HENAULT to senior director, JESSICA SMITH to senior manager of marketing, DEREK TUCKER to vice president of ticketing and LAUREL HILBURN to manager of touring; and hired DAVID RAPPAPORT as chief operating officer, MICHAEL HARRISON as senior vice president, MICHELLE SWING as director of artist development and VICTORIA TORCHIA as head of digital marketing.

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