NWSL Gotham FC announced ANDREA PAGNANELLI as Chief Business Officer. Prior to joining Gotham FC, Pagnanelli was Exec VP/Venue & Event Strategy for LAFC (Gotham FC)....The NWSL N.C. Courage named FRANCIE GOTTSEGEN President and CURT JOHNSON as Chief Soccer Officer. JOANNA HOLDER has also been hired as Chief People Officer. Gottsegen had been CEO of Sports Systems, a TicketManager Company. Johnson was already with the club, and Holder joins after spending 20+ years in HR outside of sports (N.C. Courage).
EXPERIENCE MATTERS: The T'Wolves and WNBA Lynx named Klutch Sports Group President of Brand Strategy MARQUISE WATTS to the newly created position of Chief Experience Officer. Watts will work across both business and basketball. Watts will start his role in the spring and report to T'Wolves and Lynx CEO ETHAN CASSON (T'Wolves).
EXECS: The Cowboys signed VP/Player Personnel WILL MCCLAY to a contract extension, as he will "remain aboard under his current role" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/14)....The Trail Blazers hired Cavaliers Senior Dir of Basketball Operations ANDRAE PATTERSON as Assistant GM. Patterson has been with the Cavaliers since '17, starting as the team’s Dir of Basketball Administration (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 1/14)....The NBA named Heinz Field Assistant Dir of Facility Operations JASON KOBEDA Venue Logistics and Planning Lead (SBJ)....St. Louis-based KMOX-AM Exec Producer BEN BOYD has left to "become manager of the Cardinals’ vast radio network," replacing ANNE CARROLL, who has retired after 34 years (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 1/14)....Notre Dame named Miami Senior Associate AD/Facilities & Event Operations TIM WISE Senior Associate AD/Facilities, Events & Revenue (Notre Dame)....Lamar Univ. AD MARCO BORN is "taking a leave of absence for personal reasons effective immediately." Lamar Associate AD HELENE THILL will "serve as acting director in Born’s absence" (BEAUMONT ENTERPRISE, 1/13).
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