SEATTLE - NHL Seattle today announced three new senior leaders who will join its growing management team in finance and analytics functions:
• Kendall Tyson, Vice President of Strategy & Analytics
• Eric Jaeger, Vice President of Arena Finance
• Stephany Keeley, Vice President of Team Finance
"Kendall, Eric and Stephany are tremendous additions to our team," said Tod Leiweke, CEO of NHL Seattle. "Their extensive experience and diverse backgrounds will immediately have an impact on the great organization we've built thus far. We're excited for the leadership they will provide and the depth they bring to our growing bench of senior staff that will ensure a world-class operation on and off the ice."
Kendall Tyson Named Vice President of Strategy & Analytics
In her role with NHL Seattle and OVG-Seattle, Tyson will be responsible for developing operational and financial models that aid strategic decisions for NHL Seattle and the Arena including leading cross-functional teams to implement new initiatives that drive organizational growth.
Tyson most recently lead corporate development & strategy for premier golf entertainment complex Topgolf Entertainment Group, where she drove valuation analysis and deal structuring for all the company's investments.
"As someone who's loved hockey since I was a kid growing up in Minnesota, I'm grateful to work on building this organization from the ground up," said Tyson. "I am ready to leverage my personal and professional experience to help create transformational experiences for our fans, athletes, sponsors, and the community."
"We are very lucky to have a strategic thinker like Kendall. She will help lead strategy and growth for the organization, guiding us in the decision-making process," said Victor de Bonis, COO of NHL Seattle. "Embracing analytics in our business will be critical to our success and we are confident that Kendall will ensure we do so."
Eric Jaeger Joins as Vice President of Arena Finance
In his role, Jaeger will be responsible for the Arena finance department. He will oversee financial planning, budgeting, forecast preparation, concert and event settlements, daily financial accounting, internal controls, audit requirements and financial reporting.
Jaeger has a wealth of experience in finance, having served as a finance director for global commercial real estate and professional services firm, Jones Lang LaSalle. Previously, he served in senior-level finance roles at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (formerly Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle) and did long-term contracting work with Microsoft and Expedia.
"Supporting the building and operations of the New Arena at Seattle Center as we create one of the best venues for music, entertainment and sports in the world is a legacy project," said Jaeger. "I look forward to working with this incredible team and contributing to its success in the years to come."
"Eric has demonstrated that he's a true leader and team builder in finance, able to guide high-level business priorities in a fast-paced environment," said Steve Mattson, OVG-Seattle Senior Vice President and General Manager. "He will be a perfect addition to the organization we have in place, and will be a great sentinel for the Arena's business efforts moving forward."
Stephany Keeley Appointed Vice President of Team Finance
In her role, Keeley will be responsible for the NHL Seattle finance department. She will oversee financial planning, budgeting, forecast preparation, daily financial accounting, internal controls, audit requirements and NHL financial reporting.
Having served as a senior manager of accounting at T-Mobile as well as roles as the chief financial officer and director of finance for the City University of Seattle, Keeley comes with a breadth of financial experience in the Seattle area.
"I am thrilled to join such an experienced leadership team in the sports and entertainment industry as we create a world-class franchise, both on and off the ice," Keeley said. "Stephany's skills in financial analysis, strategic planning, communication and leadership made her a perfect fit for this role, and we are ecstatic to have her," said de Bonis. "We are confident that her leadership will ensure strong financial operations and stewardship for the franchise as we build for the future."