The Madison Square Garden Company Names Ryan O'Hara President, Content,
Distribution & Sales
Seasoned Executive Joins Company to Oversee Media Operations, Corporate
Technology and Sales Efforts
NEW YORK, June 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hank Ratner, president and chief
executive officer of The Madison Square Garden Company (Nasdaq:MSG) today
announced that Ryan O'Hara, a well-regarded industry executive with more than
two decades of leading management experience, has joined the company as
president of content, distribution and sales. The newly-created role is a key
management position within The Madison Square Garden Company, with
responsibility for the MSG Media division, the company's overall technology
area and its marketing partnership division.
"As we continue to seek ways to strengthen our legendary brands and pursue
strategic growth opportunities that expand our business, it is critical that
we have the strongest and most experienced management team in place," said Mr.
Ratner. "We are extremely pleased to welcome Mr. O'Hara, who will bring
decades of leadership and management expertise to enhance the effectiveness
and alignment of our operations, resulting in even greater success and growth
for The Madison Square Garden Company."
As president of content, distribution and sales, Mr. O'Hara will be
responsible for setting and overseeing a long-term vision, which maximizes the
growth of MSG Media, and the company's corporate technology and marketing
partnerships divisions, with the goal of achieving operational excellence and
optimal integration of related functions.
"I am thrilled to be joining The Madison Square Garden Company at such an
important time in its extraordinary history," said Mr. O'Hara. "My experience
in media, sports and consumer products gives me a unique perspective on how to
maximize assets and pursue strategic growth, and I'm looking forward to
working with the well-respected management team and employees across MSG to
help lead the company into its next celebrated chapter."
In his new role, Mr. O'Hara will oversee the management of MSG Media, which
includes MSG and MSG+ regional sports networks and Fuse, the company's
national television music network. In addition, Mr. O'Hara will oversee the
management of the company's technology division, which is responsible for the
development and implementation of an overall strategic vision that maximizes
the company's technological capabilities and establishes it as a leader in
technology innovation and integration. Mr. O'Hara will also be responsible
for oversight of the company's marketing partnership area, which includes
integrated sales, team sales, entertainment sales and sports properties sales.
He will oversee the department's overall sales strategies and initiatives that
are designed to maximize revenue, enhance service, retention and activation
efforts, and strengthen the quality and value of the company's partner base.
Mr. O'Hara will join the company on July 1.
Mr. O'Hara joins The Madison Square Garden Company following a distinguished
career in entertainment, media and consumer products.Most recently, he served
as president and chief executive officer of The Topps Company, a leading
sports and entertainment trading card company which includes a confectionary
business, wholly-owned media properties and newly created or acquired digital
businesses.Prior to that, he held key management positions at Gemstar TV
Guide International, including president of the TV Guide network, tvguide.com
and TV Guide Broadband, where he repositioned and revitalized the network into
a full-fledged programming service.While at Gemstar, Mr. O'Hara also served
as president of the TVG Network, America's horse racing network, as well as
senior vice president of business development and strategic planning.
Additionally, Mr. O'Hara served as director of interactive television strategy
for BSKYB in London, a leading global satellite pay TV platform, and held the
position of director of business development at Fox Cable Networks and
Fox/Liberty Networks. Earlier in his career, he served as a management
consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and in brand management at Nestle USA.
Mr. O'Hara received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA
from Harvard Business School. He has twice been selected as one of CableFAX's
100 Most Influential People in the cable industry and is a recipient of the
ITV Leadership Award from ITVT.
About The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully-integrated sports, media and
entertainment business. The Company is comprised of three business segments:
MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned
to work together to drive the Company's overall business, which is built on a
foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates,
produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and
other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports
franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New
York Liberty (WNBA), and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). MSG Sports also
features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including
professional boxing, college basketball, bull riding and tennis. MSG Media is
a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution
platforms, including content originating from the Company's venues. MSG
Media's television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network
and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks; and Fuse, a national
television network dedicated to music.MSG Networks also include
high-definition channels, MSG HD and MSG+ HD, and Fuse includes its
high-definition channel, Fuse HD.MSG Entertainment is one of the country's
leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or
presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas
Spectacular featuring the Rockettes.MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts
other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special
events in the Company's diverse collection of venues. These venues consist of
Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music
Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, The Chicago Theatre, and
the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at
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