by Paul on 08/10/10 at 03:25 PM ET
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 10, 2010) – The Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena are strengthening their top leadership with the addition of a new Chief Executive Officer and a new President/Chief Operating Officer for the NHL franchise and arena.
In a move aimed at continuing the positive momentum of the organization and strengthening business operations, the ownership group announced today that Jeff Cogen has been named CEO and Sean Henry will serve as President/COO.
Jeff Cogen comes to the Predators from the Dallas Stars, where he served as the franchise’s President and alternate league governor and was a Board Member overseeing the operation of Dallas’s American Airlines Center. Under Cogen’s leadership, the Stars were consistently in the top 10 in the NHL in attendance and considered the preeminent NHL Sun Belt franchise over the last 15 years.
“Jeff has an absolutely exceptional track record of transforming the business operations of major league sports teams, specifically hockey, and we are excited to bring his expertise and experience to our top business leadership position,” said Tom Cigarran, a member of the ownership group and Predators Chairman. “His ability to not only manage the business side of our organization, but to also expand the excitement of Predators hockey and Bridgestone Arena on a citywide, regional and national level makes him the perfect person for the job.” Cogen will report directly to the Board. David Poile, President of Hockey Operations, will also continue to report directly to the Board. Cigarran continues as Predators Chairman.
Sean Henry comes to the Predators from the Tampa Bay Lightning and The St. Pete Times Forum, where he served as the interim CEO and, prior to that, as the team and arena’s COO since 1999. During his 11 years with the Lightning, Henry was instrumental in turning the franchise around by significantly growing suite and ticket revenues, expanding sponsorship revenues, structuring new partnerships with the city/county, and turning The St. Pete Times Forum into one of the busiest venues in the country. Henry brings a long history of success in the sports and entertainment industry, created by centering the organization on continuously improving the fan experience. Said Cigarran, “Sean is an exceptionally talented sports and entertainment executive whose experience, skill and commitment will add a major new dimension to our leadership team.”
Ed Lang, who served as President of the Nashville Predators since December 2007, will be leaving the organization after a transition period. “Being a part of the Predators has been gratifying professionally and personally,” Lang said. “However, at this stage of my career, it is time to move forward to the next chapter. I am excited about a number of new opportunities that I am considering. I will always be a Predators fan and look forward to the day the Predators win Nashville’s first Stanley Cup.” “Ed has worked tirelessly to build a foundation for future Predators’ success and we owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for his management of the team’s business operations,” Cigarran said. “Thanks to his hard work, the team is now positioned to greatly expand its reach, visibility and support in Tennessee and beyond.”
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