U-M AD Dave Brandon Announces Four Staff Promotions

Oct. 6, 2010

ANN ARBOR -- University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon announced today (Oct. 6) the promotion of four athletic department staff members as part of his restructuring of the athletic department. David Ablauf has been promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Media and Public Relations, Kristin Orlowski has been promoted to the position of Chief Talent Officer and Lisa Savoury and Brian Townsend have been promoted to Assistant Sport Administrator.

"These are well-deserved promotions for Dave, Kristin, Lisa and Brian," said Brandon. "They are prepared to take on these new responsibilities and do a great job. I look forward to working closely with all four of these talented members of our team as we shape the future of our athletic department."

Ablauf will join the Michigan Athletics Leadership Team and coordinate the media and public relations efforts for the athletic department. He will manage 10 media relations staff members charged with promoting all 27 varsity sports teams. In addition, Ablauf will oversee the Michigan Sports Television Production Studio and the publications department. Ablauf is in his 14th year with the Michigan Athletic Department and has been the football media relations director since 1998.

In her role, Orlowski is a member of the Department's Leadership Team and will oversee human resource and performance management for the entire department. She will also coordinate compensation and benefits for athletic department staff and will lead the development of reward and recognition programs. Orlowski will also be responsible for the recruitment and assessment of athletic personnel. Orlowski joined the athletic department in 2009 after serving as the human resources manager at Pittsfield Charter Township for eight years (2000-08).

Savoury leaves her position as U-M's Director of Women's Basketball Operations and moves into a sport administrator position working directly with Senior Associate Athletic Director Bitsy Ritt. Savoury will oversee the men's soccer, women's soccer, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, wrestling, men's golf, women's golf, women's rowing, women's water polo and cheerleading programs. She has worked with the women's basketball staff since 2007. Savoury spent 16 years as an assistant women's basketball coach at the NCAA Division I level and was a four-year basketball letter winner at Brigham Young University (1988-92).

Townsend will work directly with Brandon in the oversight and athletic administrative support for football, men's basketball and ice hockey. A former U-M football student-athlete and the Director of Men's Basketball Operations the past four years, Townsend has coaching experience at the collegiate and high school level. He was an assistant coach at Ohio University from 2004-07 and was the head coach at Ann Arbor Pioneer from 1998-2003. He was a linebacker for the Wolverines (1988-91) and was a part of four straight Big Ten championship teams.

In addition, Brandon announced that longtime Director of Media Relations Bruce Madej will move into a newly created position as the Associate Athletic Director for Special Projects.