Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment – which oversees the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Islanders and others – announced the promotions of three executives.

Kari Cohen has been promoted to Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, according to a company statement. She will handle internal clients and will negotiate agreements for all BSE properties, including venue acquisition, sponsorship, programming and hospitality. Cohen also will oversee BSE’s External Affairs department. She was involved in the Brooklyn Nets’ relocation from New Jersey to Brooklyn and the opening of Barclays Center. Cohen also played a key role in the procurement of the winning bid to renovate and operate the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum as well as the venue’s re-opening in April. She previously was Vice President and Associate General Counsel.

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Mandy Gutmann has been promoted to Vice President of Communications. She will lead business communications for BSE properties and media for all concerts, college basketball games, boxing matches and other special events. Gutmann was involved with the launch of the Brooklyn Nets brand after the team moved from New Jersey, the grand opening of Barclays Center in 2012 and the re-opening of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. She previously was Senior Director of Communications.

Keith Sheldon has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Programming. He will oversee bookings of concerts, sporting events, family shows and special events at Barclays Center and NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Barclays Center under Sheldon’s leadership was ranked among the top 10 venues worldwide and top three domestically by Billboard, Venues Today and Pollstar. He also will be a key part of the Webster Hall and LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre renovations, which are scheduled to begin soon. Sheldon previously was Senior Vice President of Programming. 

Maggie O'Brien

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Maggie O'Brien has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She's covered everything from from crime to politics to fitness. Writing about bands and shows takes her back to the days of going to punk rock shows in the Midwest.
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