FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today that Liz Montaño has been hired to serve as the club's new Senior Vice President of Business Operations & Strategy. In her role, Montaño will be responsible for strategic planning, corporate development, and investment analysis. The Coyotes are among the leaders in the entire NHL with five female professionals on the Club's executive management team, and have the most female Vice Presidents (7) among all Valley sports teams. The Coyotes are also one of only two NHL teams with a female radio color analyst
"We are extremely pleased to have Liz join the Coyotes," said Coyotes President & CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez. "Her extensive experience in strategic planning and corporate development will be a key asset to our organization. We are also very proud to add another talented female leader to our executive team, continuing our commitment to bring exceptional diverse talent to the executive ranks in sports."
Montaño has over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, business development and investment analysis, specializing in new media and entertainment. She joins the Coyotes from Panavision, where she served as Vice President of Finance & Strategy. In her role she was responsible for the company's global financial strategy and corporate development initiatives.
Before her time at Panavision, Montaño worked as a business consultant, supporting both early-stage and Fortune 500 companies. Notable projects included serving as interim COO for a burgeoning start-up in the health and wellness industry focused on the launch of a pay-as-you-go video streaming app, strategic analysis for a financial services company's entry into Europe and APAC markets, and leading the successful raise of three funds totaling $100M for an investment firm.
Prior to consulting, Montaño worked as an Associate at Syncom Venture Partners, a media and communications venture fund managing $400M+ in capital. In her role, she analyzed prospective deals and worked closely with portfolio companies to develop go-to-market plans, propose product pricing and bundling, and assess potential acquisitions. She also spent time at Maya Entertainment as Vice President of Strategic Planning where she was responsible for overseeing all strategic initiatives related to partnerships, film acquisition, worldwide content distribution and movie theatre development projects.
In addition to her work, Montaño has a passion for sports and fitness, and founded, developed, and exited a Los Angeles-based fitness brand that grew to five locations and 1,250+ members.
Montaño holds a M.A. in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and a M.B.A from Harvard Business School.