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Chicago-based advanced TV-advertising software and data products provider Allant Group has tapped Dan Sweeney as Western division vice president. He comes from Solekai Systems in San Diego, where he was VP, sales and marketing.


Back9Network has hired Chris Lenchenski and his Phoenicia Sport team to handle linear and digital sales initiatives at the golf network. He comes from Front Row Marketing and Front Row Analytics, where he was president.


John Gauder has joined Comcast’s Washington State Region as vice president, operations. He had been area VP of Comcast’s Central Division in Nashville, Tenn.


Mike Barcia has joined Tampa, Fla.-based DOW Electronics as 12-volt strategic sales manager. He comes from Maximum Audio and Video, also in Tampa.

Also, Seth Halstead has joined DOW as 12-volt inside sales/systems engineer. He was manager of Audio Electronics’s Indianapolis operation.


Marie Donoghue was upped to executive vice president, global strategy and original content, at ESPN. She had been senior VP, global strategy and business affairs and business development.


Paula Blizzard has joined the Federal Communications Commission as deputy chief of the Enforcement Bureau. She comes from the San Francisco law firm Keker & Van Nest, where she focused on antitrust and patent issues.


Susanne Berger has joined San Francisco-based predictive marketing software firm Kenshoo as managing director, client excellence. She most recently served as regional VP for global strategic accounts at Salesforce.


Eve Konstan was named executive vice president and general counsel for HBO. She had been senior VP and deputy general counsel.

Also, Sara Bernstein and Jacqueline Glover were promoted to senior vice president, HBO Documentary Films. Both had been supervising producers.


Nicole Howerton was named director, integrated marketing and sales at Pac-12 Networks. She comes from the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, where she headed the franchise’s corporate partnership sales.


Ed Kwiatkowski has joined Riello UPS as business development manager. He is the former president of Staco Energy Products.


Ted Gold has joined Spike TV as senior vice president, scripted original series. He had been president of television and executive producer at Parkes + Macdonald/Universal Television. Also, vice president of original series Justin Lacob will now report to Gold as part of a newly formed scripted development team.