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Red Sox promote seven executives

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  February 25, 2011 06:00 PM

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The Red Sox announced the promotion of seven front-office staff members, including several involved in the baseball operations aspect of the franchise.

Here's the official press release from the Red Sox:

BOSTON, MA —The Boston Red Sox today announced the promotion of seven executives in the organization’s front office: Troup Parkinson to Senior Vice President/Corporate Partnerships; Craig Shipley to Senior Vice President/Player Personnel and International Scouting; Mary Sprong to Senior Vice President/Human Resources and Administration; Allard Baird to Vice President/Player Personnel and Professional Scouting; Mike Hazen to Vice President/Player Development and Amateur Scouting; Brian O’Halloran to Vice President/Baseball Operations; and Mark Solitro to Vice President/Controller.

Troup Parkinson will head up the club’s corporate partnerships operation, securing new business, formulating local marketing strategies and renewing corporate relationships. He had previously served as the Red Sox Vice President of Client Services since February 2008. Parkinson will continue to oversee the Client Services department, which includes managing relationships with all Red Sox limited partners, corporate sponsors, season suite holders, EMC Club members, Dugout Seat holders and State Street Pavilion Club members. Parkinson came to the Red Sox organization in January 2002 after spending four years with Octagon Marketing.

Craig Shipley runs the Red Sox international scouting department and is also highly involved on all Red Sox player personnel decisions. He was promoted to Senior Vice President/International Scouting prior to the 2009 season after serving as the club’s Vice President/International Scouting in 2007-08 and as Vice President/Professional and International Scouting in 2006-07. Shipley joined the Red Sox in December 2002 as a Special Assistant to the General Manager/Player Development and International Scouting after spending the 2001 and 2002 seasons as a professional scout with the San Diego Padres. He began his baseball operations career in 2000 with the Montreal Expos as Minor League Infield and Baserunning Coordinator. A native of Sydney, Australia, Shipley played 11 Major League seasons as an infielder with the Dodgers (1986-87), Mets (1989), Padres (1991-94, 1996-97), Astros (1995) and Angels (1998).

Mary Sprong joined the Red Sox in January 2008 as Vice President of Human Resources and Administration. Her responsibilities will continue to include organization and leadership development, recruiting, compensation, benefits, diversity, employee relations and training for the Red Sox and their affiliates. Sprong, who has more than 20 years of progressive human resources and operations management experience, was the Vice President of Human Resources at Boston-based Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation before coming to the Red Sox. She has also held senior management positions at BankBoston and Fidelity Investments.

Allard Baird will continue to oversee the Red Sox professional scouting department and is a key voice on all player personnel decisions. He previously served as Assistant to General Manager Theo Epstein, a post he held since November 2006, after joining the Boston organization in July 2006 as a special assignment scout. Prior to coming to the Red Sox, Baird spent 18 years in the Kansas City organization, including holding the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager from June 2000-May 2006.

Mike Hazen will supervise both Player Development and Amateur Scouting in his new role after spending the last five seasons as Boston’s Director of Player Development. He joined the Red Sox in February 2006 following five years with the Cleveland Indians organization. Hazen oversaw Cleveland’s Major League advance scouting in 2001 and 2002, served as Assistant Director of Professional Scouting for the 2003 season, and was promoted to Assistant Director of Player Development in September 2003. A native of Abington, MA, he was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 31st round of the 1998 Draft and played two minor league seasons as an outfielder in the San Diego system.

Brian O’Halloran, who has served as Boston’s Director of Baseball Operations since 2006, is involved in all areas of the Major League operation and plays a key role for the Red Sox in contract negotiations, salary arbitration, payroll management, and the club’s compliance with league rules. He joined the Red Sox as a Baseball Operations Assistant in 2002 and served as the club’s Manager of Major League Administration from 2004-05. The Weymouth, MA native began his baseball career with the Pawtucket Red Sox and was also a baseball operations intern with the San Diego Padres.

Mark Solitro, who joined the Red Sox in June 2009 as Controller, manages the daily operations of the accounting department and oversees financial statement reporting, taxation, planning and forecasting. He previously served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for several successful software and high-tech companies in both public and private markets. A veteran of 17 years in the field of finance and accounting, Solitro began his career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he earned his CPA.

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