United Public Affairs names Erick Sanchez head of NCAA NIL (names, images or likeness) mentorship and management, a role created in light of the NCAA’s new policy for student-athletes. Sanchez most recently served as traveling press secretary for Andrew Yang’s 2020 presidential campaign. He has also been a principal at Quixotic LLC, and was Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) press secretary. In his new role, Sanchez will work directly with student-athletes to offer best practice resources in understanding how to consider personal branding and sponsorships. He will also work with them to identify sponsors for partnership. “My goal will be to ensure that this new policy brings student-athletes closer to their goals instead of becoming a potential barrier in the future,” said Sanchez.
The San Francisco 49ers appoint Corry Rush as vice president of football communications. Rush comes to the 49ers from the New York Giants, where he most recently served as vice president of communications. Before joining the Giants staff, he was at the NFL as director of AFC football communications, and has also worked in media relations for the Tennessee Titans. In his new position, he will serve as the 49ers’ day-to-day spokesman on all football matters and act as the team’s liaison with media outlets. He will also promote the club’s community relations and social justice initiatives. He succeeds Bob Lange, who left to become senior vice president of communications with the Philadelphia Eagles. 49ers general manager John Lynch called Rush “a great communicator with a proven track record of success in the NFL.”
Forbes promotes Sherry Phillips to chief marketing officer. Phillips, who has been with Forbes since 1996, most recently served as senior vice president of Forbes LIVE, the company’s live events unit. As CMO, she will be responsible for brand strategy, integrated marketing and design, as well as continuing to oversee Forbes LIVE. She reports to Forbes’ chief revenue officer Jessica Sibley. She succeeds former Forbes CMO Lynn Schlesinger, who was recently appointed to the newly created role of chief customer experience officer.
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