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Executive Transactions

Penn Interactive Head JON KAPLOWITZ is stepping down. He wrote, "I can't wait to spend some more quality time with my family." Kaplowitz will be replaced by theScore COO BENJIE LEVY. Penn acquired theScore in August '21. Levy "will continue to help run theScore as well" (, 6/27). Kaplowitz was an SBJ Power Player in '19 (SBJ).

Inter Miami CF named former FC Barcelona Stadium & Museum Revenue Dir VICTOR OLIVER Senior VP/Revenues & Operations, pending the receipt of his authorization to work in the U.S. The addition comes in advance of the club's move to the new Miami Freedom Park in '25. Oliver will lead ticketing and all related facilities departments at the MLS club, including parking, meetings and events, food and beverages and operations. He will report directly to CBO XAVIER ASENSI, who Oliver worked with at FC Barcelona. Oliver spent six years with the team (Alex Silverman, SBJ).

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment promoted Maple Leafs Dir of Media Relations STEVE KEOGH to VP/Media Relations (LinkedIn).

The Sounders named former Genesco Sports Enterprises Senior Dir COLE PARSONS to VP/Marketing (LinkedIn).

IMG Academy promoted Basketball Program Manager TYLER SHIREY to Dir of Baseball Operations (LinkedIn).

TurnkeyZRG and Ilitch Sports + Entertainment partnered to name former 76ers Senior Dir of Corporate Partnership Sales MELISSA BRENNAN VP/Corporate Partnership Sales (LinkedIn).

U.S. Olympics & Paralympic Properties named former LA28 Dir of Commercial Development & Innovation MEGHAN O'LEARY Dir of Commercial Development & Innovation (LinkedIn).

Klutch Sports Group named former Nike NA Sport Performance Marketing (L.A. Basketball Lead) STEPHANIE MEJIA Dir of NIL, Basketball & Football (Klutch Sports Group).

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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