SBD/July 10, 2013/People and Pop Culture

NBA Exec VP Chris Granger Leaving League Office To Become Kings President

Granger hopes to re-establish a connection with Kings fans and business leaders
The NBA Kings have hired a top league exec in CHRIS GRANGER as team President, as the team's new ownership group puts its own stamp on the franchise. Granger joined the NBA in June '99 and has been Exec VP/Team Marketing & Business Operations since '09. He begins his new job Aug. 1 and reports to Managing Partner VIVEK RANADIVE. “It starts with Vivek and what I think is a tremendous ownership group,” Granger said. “The big opportunity is to re-establish our connection with the fans and business leaders. It has been a tumultuous few years (for the Kings) and rebuilding the relationships that once were strong is very important now.” Kings President of Business Operations MATINA KOLOKOTRONIS, CFO JOHN RINEHART and Senior VP/Sales & Marketing JEFF DAVID will report to Granger. Recently hired GM PETE D’ALESSANDRO reports to Ranadive. Granger is no stranger to the Kings given that his department has helped operate the franchise during the protracted sale by the MALOOF family, which ended this spring. “Chris will bring an exceptional blend of expertise and innovation to Sacramento, informed by nearly 15 years of advising teams across the NBA on how to achieve success at the highest levels,” Ranadive wrote in an e-mail. NBA Senior VP/Marketing & Business Operations AMY BROOKS will replace Granger. She was assigned to the Kings, Warriors, Heat and Nets, and she will oversee a staff of more than 40. Brooks joined the NBA in '05 and will report to NBA Deputy Commissioner & COO ADAM SILVER.
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