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Executive Transactions

Octagon promoted Senior VP/Global Media Rights Consulting DAN COHEN to Exec VP/Global Media Rights Consulting and VP/Media Rights Consulting WILLIAM MAO to Senior VP/Media Rights Consulting. Cohen will continue to oversee Octagon's Media Rights Consulting division, which in '22 surpassed more than $14B in media rights under advisory. Cohen will report to Octagon Marketing North America President LOU KOVACS. Mao will report to Cohen (Octagon).

The NHL Kings signed GM ROB BLAKE to a "three-year contract extension." Blake has been at the helm for five seasons (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 5/19).

The SpringHill Company/UNINTERRUPTED named former CAA Head of Athlete Content Strategy and current Sports & Entertainment Equity Network co-Founder & Chair MELCOLM RUFFIN VP/Content Strategy & Business Development (LinkedIn).

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