Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment has named Martha Fuller the organization’s Chief Financial Officer, CEO Tod Leiweke announced today. Fuller, who joins the organization from Seattle, Washington’s Vulcan Inc., will be responsible for financial oversight and operations of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum, including the creation and implementation of long term financial strategies, forecasting and monitoring of budgets, financial reporting, cash management and risk management.
“We feel very fortunate that Martha has elected to continue her career with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum,” said Leiweke upon making the announcement. “When Jeff Vinik purchased the Lightning, his stated goal was to assemble an organization with experienced, successful people to help raise the franchise to a world class level. As one of the most talented, bright executives I have worked with, I know she is bringing the skills and know-how that will benefit the Lightning and the Tampa Bay community.”
Additionally, Fuller will oversee the organization’s building operations, information technology, human resources and legal departments while working as a member of the management team that will transform the franchise and the arena over the next 12-24 months.
"I’m excited to return to the NHL,” Fuller said. “Jeff Vinik's vision for the Lightning and its role in Tampa Bay is very compelling. It’s an honor to be part of making that happen."
Fuller had worked at Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc. as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the previous two years. Vulcan Inc.’s widespread interests include investment management, real estate development, philanthropic activities such as the Allen Family Foundation and the Allen Institute for Brain Science and other assets. She previously worked alongside Leiweke as senior vice president and CFO of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment, the parent company representing the interests of the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC and the Portland Trail Blazers (2004-2008), and as senior vice president and CFO of the Minnesota Wild NHL franchise (1998-2002).
Other previous positions include serving as director of planning and economic development for the City of St. Paul (2002-04), director of finance for the City of St. Paul (1995-97) and auditor and consultant for Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting (1984-95).
The summa cum laude graduate of Drake University is married to Redmond, Washington fire chief Tim Fuller and was active on many charitable boards in the greater Seattle community.