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KT Tape named former Skullcandy CMO JESSICA KLODNICKI CEO. She previously held marketing roles at outdoor sports equipment manufacturer Vista Outdoor and Mizuno USA. Klodnicki replaces CEO GREG VENNER, who recently stepped down after seven years at the helm (Chris Smith, SBJ).

The NHL named former NBC Sports Dir of Consumer Engagement Marketing DAN PALLA Senior Dir of Marketing (LinkedIn).

MLS promoted Dir of Commercial Insights & Packaging CORY BILDSTEIN Senior Dir/Head of Partner Solutions & Insights (LinkedIn).

USA Pickleball named former USA Triathlon CMO CHUCK MENKE to the same role. He will now oversee the revenue, marketing and communications verticals for USA Pickleball, including the national governing body's sponsorship sales and membership acquisition strategies (Chris Smith, SBJ).

The Chiefs named longtime motorsports sales person NEALE HOOD VP/Corporate Partnerships. Hood has prior stops with several NASCAR teams, IndyCar/IMS and NHRA team John Force Racing (Adam Stern, SBJ).

The Arena Group named former USA Today Sports Media Group GM CHRIS PIRRONE Sports Illustrated Media Group Senior VP & GM (LinkedIn).

StellarAlgo named former Legends VP/Partner Solutions BILL NIELSEN VP/Partnership Solutions (LinkedIn).

The XFL named STACIE JOHNSON, PATRICK AUSTIN, DANIELLE LEE, JOSE JEFFERSON, ANASTASIA ALI, PAT MATHEWS, MATT MILLEN and TEMEKO RICHARDSON Dirs of Team Operations. Each DTO will be the main point of contact between all team staff, working directly with head coaches, trainers, strength and conditioning staff, team security and content teams. Each DTO will report to XFL Exec VP/Football Operations MARC ROSS (XFL).

Bears coach MATT EBERFLUS named former Univ. of Michigan Associate AD/Football SEAN MAGEE Chief of Staff (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 6/22).

BYU AD TOM HOLMOE named DAVID ALMODOVA, DALLAN MOODY and TREVOR WILSON Senior Associate ADs. Almodova, Moody and Wilson, who have been in the department for years, "will now report directly to Holmoe." Associate ADs who previously reported to Holmoe "will now report through those three men." Meanwhile, BYU Athletics also named TYSON HUTCHINS Associate AD (DESERET NEWS, 6/22).

The Chiefs promoted Event Operations Coordinator MONICA VOGAN to Event Operations Manager (LinkedIn). 

Wells Fargo named former NHL Panthers Marketing & Fan Engagement Graduate Intern VICTORIA FRIEL Digital Growth Marketing Consultant (LinkedIn).

These career changes are recorded every day in the SBJ Atlas Executive Directory. With more than 60,000 contacts curated over 15 years and boosted by the power of Inside View, the SBJ Atlas Executive Directory provides clients with a searchable database of the most relevant executives.

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