Former Phillies GM MATT KLENTAK, who was serving as the team's Strategy and Development Officer, is leaving the organization to join the Brewers as a "special assistant." Klentak had one year remaining on a three-year contract extension, and his departure comes one month after former team President ANDY MACPHAIL's "contract expired" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/23).
PAUL JOHNSON is leaving his esports-focused position as VP/Commercialization at EA's Competitive Gaming Entertainment Group at the end of this month to start his own advisory company. Johnson's new venture will leverage his experience in sports, esports, media, betting, NFTs and tech to help companies grow and land partnerships. Prior to joining Electronic Arts in late '18, Johnson spent 18 years at the PGA Tour (SBJ).
Excel Sports Management promoted Senior Dir of Communications RACHEL WALSH to Senior VP/Communications (Excel SM).
TAMARAH STRAUSS has joined wellness brand Thorne as Dir of PR & Partnerships. Strauss most recently served as DKC Sports VP and was a member of the '20 class of SBJ's New Voices Under 30 (SBJ).
The Marlins promoted DAVID OXFELD to Senior VP/Sales & Partnerships; MICHAEL SHAW to Senior VP/Experience & Brand; JASON LATIMER to Senior VP/Communications & Outreach; and TONY BRASILE to VP/Projects & Corporate Services.
The Bucks named SHARLAN EDMONDS VP/Hospitality for Fiserv Forum and Deer District and RAY DARYABIGI VP/Experience for the Bucks.
F&M Bank Arena in Clarksville, Tenn., hired KYLIE WILKERSON as its first GM. Wilkerson was Dir of Event Services at Bridgestone Arena.
Perkins & Will appointed two new leaders for its Denver studio: ERNEST JOYNER as Managing Dir, and JEFF CHERMELY as Operations Dir. Joyner succeeds ANDY BERNARD, who will retire this spring.
CSMG hired JIM CONNELLY as CRO and ANGELA BERNHARD THOMAS as Exec VP/Esports (SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/24 issue).
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