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LIGHTNING SLICES UP THE PIE WITH NEW CEO IN TAMPA
Published November 23, 1994
The Lightning's general partner, Kokusai Green Ltd., has named a team CEO to operate out of the team's headquarters in Tampa. Saburo "Steve" Oto has replaced "the seldom-seen, non- English speaking" Yoshio Nakamura as President of Lightning Partners, Ltd., which oversees the business operation of the team. Oto said the changes are "structural in nature, and has nothing to do with Nakamura's performance or that of the team's governor, David LeFevre." Oto will oversee both LeFevre and Lightning President & GM Phil Esposito. Oto, who stresses he will "exemplify Kokusai Green's commitment to the Bay area": "This hockey team is a very important part of Kokusai Green's holdings, so what we are doing here is adding power. We are making a powerhouse" (Roy Cummings, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/23).