FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, September 30, 2013
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that the Coyotes have added three new executives to the Club’s senior management team. Avik Dey will serve as the Coyotes’ new Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Morander will serve as the Coyotes’ Executive Vice President of Ticket Sales and Strategy and Mike Humes will be the team’s Executive Vice President of Corporate and Suite Sales.
“We are thrilled to announce these important additions to our senior management team,” said LeBlanc. “All three of these individuals bring a wealth of business and sales experience to our organization and they will all play a vital role in generating new revenue streams for our organization moving forward.”
Dey joins the Coyotes from Remvest Energy Partners, where he is a Co-Founder and CEO. Prior to that, Dey was the Co-Founder and CFO for Remora Energy, an international oil and gas company. Prior to that, Dey served in various roles with First Reserve Corporation, Deutsche Bank and EnCana Corporation.
Morander comes to the Coyotes from the National Hockey League (NHL) where for the past six years he served in a variety of roles including Vice President of NHL Events, Vice President of Ticket Strategy and Vice President of Club Consulting and Services.
Some of the highlights of Morander’s career with the NHL include executing numerous successful NHL events such as the NHL Winter Classics in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh as well as the NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa and the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. He also established a Ticketing Center of Excellence and assisted NHL Clubs with “Best Practices” that resulted with record setting league-wide revenues. Morander also helped achieve the five highest ticket revenue seasons in the history of the NHL including the best season ever in 2011-12. He also served as an integral leader in selling out the NHL Winter Classic, All-Star Weekend, Heritage Classic and NHL Awards in 2011and the NHL Winter Classic, All-Star Weekend and Awards in 2012.
With over 25 years senior management experience in the sports industry, Morander has also worked for the Sacramento Kings (NBA) and Monarchs (WNBA) as a Senior Vice President of Sales & Services; the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and Atlanta Thrashers (NHL) as a the team’s Senior Vice President of Ticket Sales & Service; the Chicago Bears (NFL) as the team’s Director of Stadium Sales and Service; the Houston Rockets (NBA) and Comets (WNBA) as their Vice President of Ticket Sales & Services; and the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) as the team’s Vice President, Ticket Operations & Sales.
Humes joins the Coyotes from the Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) where he served as the team’s Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer. The Grizzles were recently named the #1 team in professional sports by ESPN The Magazine. From 2010-13, Humes oversaw the growth of all revenue streams for the Grizzlies as well as all events held at FedExForum. He led business operations including revenue and brand development, ticket sales, consumer retention, fan experience, fan development, sponsorship and business operations.
Prior to working for the Grizzlies, Humes served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Chicago Fire (MLS) where he led the overall business operations. Prior to the Fire, Humes served as the Vice President of Global Marketing for K2 Sports where he developed the strategic marketing platform for the distribution of 16 brands in 65 countries.
During his 20 plus years working in professional sports, Humes has also served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer for the Washington Capitals (NHL) and Washington Mystics (WNBA); the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the Seattle Supersonics (NBA) and Seattle Storm (WNBA); and the Senior Vice President of Business Operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 1999 to 2004. Humes played an instrumental role in the launch and branding of the Blue Jackets franchise in 2000. In 2003, the Blue jackets were named the top fans experience in all of professional sports by ESPN The Magazine.
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