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The NWSL named Univ. of California San Francisco clinical professor DR. CINDY CHANG the league’s first Chief Medical Officer. She will oversee league medical operations and protocols, further build on best practices for athlete wellbeing and safety, and provide guidance on improved strategies for injury management, rehabilitation and preventative care (NWSL).

Learfield promoted Senior VP/Strategy & Business Operations BEN MATHAN to Chief Strategy Officer (Learfield).

SailGP named former Meta Head of Production MELISSA LAWTON Chief Content Officer (LinkedIn).

Underdog Fantasy named former FanDuel Government Affairs Dir STACIE STERN VP/Government Affairs & Partnerships (LinkedIn).

The PLL named former BSE Global Global Partnership Development Associate JOE WETZLER Dir of Partnerships (LinkedIn).

The USSF named PAULINA CHAPA TREVIÑO Dir of Content (LinkedIn).

Private golf and country club owner & operator Invited promoted Dir of Racquet Sports JONATHAN FRALICK to National Dir of Racquet Sports. He will oversee all racquet sport operations across Invited's portfolio of 200 owned or operated golf and country clubs, city clubs and stadium clubs. Fralick also will have ultimate oversight for over 5,000 racquet events across the Invited network, including newly added PPA Pro Pickleball Events, the ClubLife Women’s National Tournament, the NCAA Sun Belt Tennis Championship, the USTA Men’s 50 & 55 National Championship, the USTA Husband and Wife National Championship and several other regional events (Invited).

Charlotte FC promoted Marketing Coordinator DENISON SMYTHE to Senior Coordinator/Partnership Services (LinkedIn).

Tepper Sports & Entertainment named former Learfield IMG College Tar Heel Sports Properties Partnership Services Coordinator EMILY BRAY Panthers Partnerships Services Coordinator (LinkedIn). 

Oak View Group named Pro Football HOFer WARREN MOON's Marketing Manager & Exec Assistant KELSEY VANENGELENBURG Special Event Sales Manager at Snapdragon Stadium (LinkedIn).

The Lightning promoted Motion Graphics Coordinator FELICIA SABLAN to Production Operations Manager (LinkedIn).

YouGov Sport named former Ottawa South United Soccer Association Sports Program Officer SUYASH YADAV Sports Media Analyst (LinkedIn).

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