Per week after saying a brand new normal supervisor, the Detroit Pistons proceed to shake up their govt workplace by hiring a brand new chief enterprise officer.
Mike Zavodsky, 36, will take the function overseeing gross sales, advertising and inventive operations for the corporate efficient July 1, the staff introduced Wednesday. He’ll report back to Vice Chairman Arn Tellem.
Charlie Metzger, who was chief income and advertising officer, will transfer to a job centered on technique and new ventures, persevering with to report back to Tellem.
Zavodsky involves Detroit from Roc Nation LLC, a New York Metropolis-based leisure company based by hip hop celeb Jay-Z. Over the previous yr, Zavodsky oversaw gross sales, advertising and public relations for the corporate.
Earlier than that, he spent 14 years, most lately as chief income officer, at Brooklyn Sports activities and Leisure, which manages and operates the Barclays Heart, the Brooklyn Nets, its NBA G League staff, the Lengthy Island Nets, its NBA 2K League affiliate NetsGC and the WNBA’s New York Liberty.
His work on the East Coast centered round touchdown huge company sponsorships from the likes of American Categorical, Geico, Calvin Klein, Coca-Cola, Honda, Ticketmaster, Purple Bull and Nike.
“We’re investing in prime management expertise on each the enterprise and basketball sides of our group,” Pistons proprietor Tom Gores mentioned in a information launch. “Mike is a pointy, progressive govt who will carry a recent perspective to how we handle our operations and interact our followers. As I’ve gotten to know Mike, it is also clear he shares our dedication to serving the group and he shall be a terrific asset in Detroit.”
The Pistons employed former Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder govt Troy Weaver as their new normal supervisor final week. The place had been vacant because the staff overhauled their entrance workplace two years in the past. When the Pistons employed Dwane Casey to switch Stan Van Gundy in 2018, Ed Stefanski took over the entrance workplace.
Awenate Cobbina, who was vp of public and enterprise affairs, is leaving for an additional job. His duties shall be absorbed by a sequence of promotions efficient this week:
Josh Bartelstein, EVP, operations and chief of workers, will proceed to assist Tellem in all features of managing day-to-day enterprise.
Kevin Grigg, SVP, public relations, will proceed to supervise all enterprise and basketball public relations.
Richard Haddad, EVP, enterprise affairs and administration and normal counsel will oversee all administrative operations, together with finance and IT, along with enterprise and authorized affairs, enterprise growth and HR.
Alicia Jeffreys, SVP, advertising, will oversee all advertising and inventive operations whereas driving experiential and activation ideation and execution for ticket members and company companions.
Nicolet Lewis, SVP, human sources, will add oversight for group and social accountability along with main human sources.
Cletus Lewis, VP, public relations, will lead all day-to-day basketball communications efforts for the general public relations staff.
Paul Rapier, VP, IT, will lead all info expertise for the group, together with expertise development on the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Efficiency Heart and handle the membership’s info expertise relationship with Little Caesars Area.
Erika Swilley, VP, group and social accountability, will proceed to guide the group and social accountability staff and execute the group’s programming efforts locally.