Jeff Knapple Named Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment President & CEO
|Knapple has been with Van Wagner since February '12
A shakeup at Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment sees CLIFF KAPLAN
out and JEFF KNAPPLE
in as President & CEO of the N.Y.-based rotational signage, sales rep, venue services, and corporate consulting company. In a written statement, Van Wagner said Kaplan was "leaving as a result of differences in strategic direction." Kaplan, a former NBA Senior VP, joined Van Wagner in '05 when his Premiere Sports & Entertainment was acquired by Van Wagner. He was named Van Wagner Sports President in '07. "I am enormously proud to have helped develop and lead the growth and evolution of the sports business group and work with a tremendous, spirited group of colleagues," Kaplan wrote in an e-mail. "The rapid growth and evolution of the Property Representation and Corporate Consulting businesses as well as the more recent expansion through the birth of the Team & Venue Services division and Van Wagner's recent foray into digital media (via CineSport) have resulted in Van Wagner Sports becoming a truly diversified sports marketing company." Knapple, a 25-year industry veteran, has been at Van Wagner since February '12, heading the Team & Venue Services Group. Knapple will relocate from L.A. to N.Y. for the new job. CHRIS ALLPHIN
will now head Team & Venue Services. "This is a profitable company with terrific fundamentals and capabilities and still lots of room for growth including consulting and the digital world," said Knapple.