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People on the move: MLB, Atlanta Hawks, CGF and more

Major League Baseball has appointed Karin Timpone as its new chief marketing officer.

Timpone also becomes an executive vice-president of the league. She will report to MLB’s chief operations and strategy officer Chris Marinak and will lead the league’s global marketing efforts, collaborating with executives across all revenue, product and operations units as well as the 30 clubs.

Timpone will also oversee MLB’s events and design services departments. He has previously held senior positions with Marriott International, The Walt Disney Company, Yahoo! and Universal Studios.

The Atlanta Hawks NBA basketball team and State Farm Arena have hired Joel Browning as an executive vice-president and chief financial officer.

Browning will oversee the accounting, finance, information technology and analytics departments of the Hawks and State Farm Arena while playing a leadership role in the strategic development of “future large-scale projects”.

Browning joins the Hawks from the NBA, where he was a vice-president in the league’s team marketing and business operations department. He will report directly to Hawks chief executive Steve Koonin in his new role.

The Commonwealth Games Federation has named Katie Sadleir (pictured) as its new chief executive.

The New Zealander currently works at World Rugby as general manager of women’s rugby and will take up her new role in November. Sadleir is a former Commonwealth Games medalist and Olympian in synchronised swimming.

She served as the assistant chef de mission for New Zealand at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria and has attended six editions of the multi-sport competition in various capacities.

Sadleir has worked at World Rugby since 2016, having previously held directorships with Sport New Zealand and High-Performance Sport New Zealand. She has also served as a director with the International Association of Elite Sport Training Centres, a board member of the New Zealand Swimming Federation and a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) Athletes’ Commission.

Joe Januszewski has been appointed to lead WME Sports’ full-service global property solutions team, which works with a number of the world’s biggest sports teams, leagues and organisations.

As senior vice-president and division head, Januszewski will lead a team that delivers naming-rights deals, premium hospitality offerings and suite sales strategies across the industry.

Read our story from last week for more details on Januszewski’s appointment.

Alex Stasyszyn has been promoted to head of customer experience in Europe at EngageRM, the Australia-based sports CRM specialist.

Stasyszyn joined EngageRM as a customer experience manager in May as the company’s first European hire. He made the leap to tech after roles in transport telematics, audio branding and two years at Apple.

Do you have news of an appointment that we should know about? Get in touch by emailing news.editor@thestadiumbusiness.com and we’ll include it in our next round-up.

Image: Commonwealth Games Federation