Hank Abate has been hired by the Madison Square Garden Company to serve as Executive Vice President of Venue Management, overseeing the company’s portfolio of facilities. News of Abate’s exit from Comcast-Spectacor hit last week following the appointment of Mike Scanlon to Senior Vice President, Arenas and Stadiums.
Abate had been at Comcast-Spectacor since December 2013 and previously worked at SMG for 20 years. At Madison Square Garden Co, Abate will direct all operations for MSG’s portfolio of venues — Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall in New York, as well as New York’s Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and the Chicago Theatre. Abate will report to MSG President and CEO, David O’Connor.
“With the overarching goal of maximizing the customer experience, he will have daily oversight of financial and operational matters, as well as all other matters that impact the company’s facilities,” a press release from the company reads. “He will also be responsible for developing and maintaining key relationships that support the business’s goals and help drive the overall advancement of the company.”
The release quotes O’Connor, saying “We are extremely fortunate to have such a seasoned executive in this role. Hank’s proven track record of driving superior service and a client-focused approach will help ensure that we continue to achieve the standard of excellence that has made MSG a world leader in live sports and entertainment.”
The release also quotes Abate saying “As someone who has worked in the venue business for a long time, it is thrilling to be joining a company that includes some of the world’s most renowned facilities. I look forward to working with MSG’s venue management team on ensuring we honor MSG’s legacy by driving new innovations in customer service as we continue to deliver unforgettable experiences for our fans and partners.”
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