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Allison Melangton

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 12, 2014) – She served as one of the architects of Indianapolis’ successful Super Bowl bid.

Now, Allison Melangton will head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after leaving her position at Indiana Sports Corp. She was CEO of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee and spearheaded efforts to bring the big game back to Indy in 2018.

Mark Miles was chairman of the host committee before joining Hulman & Company as CEO. The group manages the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. The move will reunite Melangton with Miles.

Ryan Vaughn

Ryan Vaughn

In a related move, Ryan Vaughn, chief of staff for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, will step down from his position to succeed Melangton as president of Indiana Sports Corp.

Melangton will transition out of her role as president in the coming weeks. She will become senior vice president of events at Hulman Motorsports.

Melangton said the following in a statement:

“For more than 20 years, Indiana Sports Corp has been a huge part of my life – professionally and personally. At this point in my life, I have decided to make a professional change. My time at the Sports Corp and with the Super Bowl Host Committee has allowed me to work alongside the most talented people in our industry on many of the world’s largest sporting events.

I’ll leave Indiana Sports Corp with friendships that will last a lifetime and memories I’ll always cherish. I love all that Indiana Sports Corp does in the community and globally to use sports as a vehicle to enhance quality of life and drive economic impact. At the same time, I’m excited for the opportunity to join Mark Miles and their talented team in executing events at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and for INDYCAR.”

The Indiana Sports Corp board of directors elected Vaughn as her successor during its quarterly meeting Friday. He will officially join the organization on Oct. 27. Indiana Sports Corp Chairman Scott Dorsey called Vaughn “the ideal choice” to lead the group.

Vaughn said the following:

“I am humbled to be named president of this incredible organization. The impact of Indiana Sports Corp is well-chronicled and I look forward to working with our great staff, as well as board of directors, partners, volunteers, and so many others to continue that momentum. Both Mayor Ballard and Allison are friends and have played a significant role in my career, and I look forward to working with them moving forward.”