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Bruce Ratner Discusses New Role, Debut Year For Barclays Center

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Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner, speaking this morning in a featured interview at the '13 Sports Facilities & Franchises conference, said his transition from President & CEO of Forest City Ratner Cos. to Exec Chair, along with the installation of MaryAnne Gilmartin to his prior role, was driven by long-term company planning. Ratner: "One of the key things of being a leader is to plan for succession. … MaryAnne is terrific. She's been with us for 18 years, and we're at a point now where we're finishing each other's sentences."

Ratner, not surprisingly, spoke glowingly about the debut year of Barclays Center. He also addressed the arrival of the Islanders to Barclays Center in '15. While Ratner would not discuss rumors that the club would be leaving Nassau Coliseum a year earlier, he said Islanders Owner Charles Wang made a "heroic decision" to move to Brooklyn as opposed to leaving the N.Y. area altogether. Ratner's company is now bidding to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum property, which he said contained "great possibilities."
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