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Executive Transactions

Nike Chief Talent, Diversity & Culture Officer FELICIA MAYO "will leave the company at the end of July after two years in the role," according to a source. Chief Human Resources Officer MONIQUE MATHESON said that VP/Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion JARVIS SAM will take on the newly-created title of Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer (FINANCIAL TIMES, 5/18).

Collectibles company Funko named Klutch Sports Group Founder & CEO and United Talent Agency Head of Sports RICH PAUL to its BOD. He will take the position upon closing the pending sale of Funko stock by ACON Investments to The Chernin Group, which recently made a $263M investment into Funko. The investor consortium includes eBay, former Disney Exec Chair BOB IGER and Paul (Funko).

General Sports Worldwide named former First Team Partners Managing Partner WASIM HAQ Managing Dir of its Exec Search team across Europe, Middle East and Asia. Haq will be responsible for leading and growing exec search efforts for GS Europe, General Sports Worldwide's business division serving the U.K., Europe, Middle East and Asia (GSW).

The Western & Southern Open named former Kentucky Speedway VP/Sales & Marketing MATT ALEXANDER VP/Revenue & Marketing. In the newly-created role, Alexander will oversee revenue generation, growth and strategy implementation relating to all corporate partnerships and ticket sales, as well as oversight of all marketing efforts for the combined ATP Masters 1000 and WTA 1000 tournament that is held each August (WSO).

Little League International named former Lions Inside Sales Account Exec LANCE LOVETT Marketing Account Exec. He began the role based in the LLI's HQ in Williamsport, Pa., on Monday. Lovett assists with day-to-day management and operation of Little League's official sponsors and other marketing functions for the organization. He reports to Little League Dir of Partnership Marketing KEVIN FEINBERG (LLI). 

The Jaguars named former 49ers VP/Player Personnel ETHAN WAUGH Assistant GM. Waugh spent 17 years with the 49ers, "working in a variety of roles" including Senior Player Personnel Coordinator from '15-17 (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 5/18).

Octagon named former MKTG Olympics & Paralympics Sponsorship Associate CONNOR MARTENS Account Manager (LinkedIn).

The Ravens named former MLB Senior Dir of Club Marketing and 60/60 Media co-Founder JOSH LUKIN Dir of Brand Strategy & Advertising (LinkedIn).

Collegiate Sports Connect named Univ. of North Carolina Student-Athlete Development Coordinator intern KATE MORRIS Dir of Growth (, 5/16).

NCAA National Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officiating J.D. COLLINS has announced his retirement, effective, Oct. 31 (NCAA).

Samford Univ. named Regions Bank VP & Commercial Relationship Manager COREY GREEN Exec Associate AD/External Affairs (Samford).

UNC Greensboro named Troy Associate AD/Revenue Generation CHASE BLAKE Associate AD/Development (UNCG).

James Madison Univ. named SCOOTER RENKIN Associate AD/Development and BRAD BURGESS to a role similar to soon departing Assistant AD/Ticketing & Customer Relations MIKE CARPENTER (JMU).

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