President and CEO Tim Leiweke announces senior leadership team and new
company structure designed to improve efficiency and strengthen
position with fans and customers
TORONTO, July 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
President and CEO Tim Leiweke announced a corporate restructuring today
designed to streamline the company and ultimately strengthen its
position with both its fans and its customers.
"I have always seen Toronto as one of the top sports and entertainment
markets in the world, and my goal coming to Maple Leaf Sports &
Entertainment was to help take this organization from 'good' to 'great'
by making the necessary changes both on our playing surfaces and off,"
said Tim Leiweke, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports &
Entertainment. "Today is about changes off the ice, court and pitch
designed to enable us to better serve our fans and customers."
The company's new organizational structure will see a number of areas of
the business reallocated to improve efficiency with a revamped senior
leadership team reporting directly to Leiweke.
The senior leadership team will consist of Tom Anselmi as Chief
Operating Officer, Ian Clarke as Chief Financial Officer, David
Hopkinson as Chief Commercial Officer, Peter Miller as Chief Legal and
Development Officer and Bob Hunter as Chief Facilities and Live
As part of the organization's new structure, expanded portfolios will be
given to a group of the company's next generation of leaders within
Hopkinson's team as the company focuses on streamlined communication
and interaction with its fans. Shannon Hosford will serve as Vice
President, Marketing and Communications; Jeff Deline as Vice President,
Global Partnerships and Tom Pistore as Vice President, Ticket Sales and
"This leadership team is as strong as I have worked with in all of my
years in the sports and entertainment industry," said Leiweke. "We have
tremendous resources here at MLSE and this new company structure is
driven by the need to make the best use of those resources while
ensuring our fans and customers are always our highest priority.
Today's restructuring will result in the departure of a number of MLSE
executives, and on behalf of the company, I'd like to thank them for
their many contributions to MLSE's successes over the years. I am
extremely excited about the future for this company and I'm equally as
proud of the team of people here at MLSE that will play a key role in
our bid to bring championships to Toronto."
About Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) is one of the world's premier
sports and entertainment companies that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs
(NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA), the Toronto Marlies (AHL), Toronto
FC (MLS), Air Canada Centre, Maple Leaf Square and three digital
channels — Leafs TV, NBA TV Canada and GOLTV Canada. MLSE has also
invested in four of Toronto's sports facilities — Ricoh Coliseum, home
of the Marlies, BMO Field, home of Toronto FC, Lamport Stadium, and the
MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, the practice facility for the
Maple Leafs and Marlies. MLSE operates and manages events at Ricoh
Coliseum and BMO Field.
SOURCE: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
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