BROOKLYN, NY — John Abbamondi, CEO of BSE Global, which owns the Brooklyn Nets and the 2019 F&EM Prime Site Award-winning Barclays Center, has announced the hiring of five senior executives to help lead the company’s business and venue operations.
BSE Global named Emerson Moore as Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer; Peter Stern as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer; and Jackie Wilson, II as Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion. In a pair of joint announcements with partners ASM Global and Levy, Adina Erwin was named as General Manager, Barclays Center, and Chris Giacalone as Vice President of Hospitality.
“We are thrilled to welcome five top executives into our business operations,” said Abbamondi. “The executives are accomplished leaders in their respective fields, and their incredibly deep expertise will be instrumental as we prepare for an NBA season like no other. I am extremely excited and look forward to working with them to take our fan experience to the next level.”
Moore will lead Human Resources for BSE Global. He joins the organization after spending 13 years at TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications, where he most recently held the positions of EVP, General Counsel, Head of Human Resources & Secretary.
Stern will oversee the finance department for BSE Global. In his prior role, Stern was Head of U.S. Investments at Alibaba Group.
Wilson will oversee BSE Global’s Diversity and Inclusion strategies and initiatives, and will help develop and execute the company’s overall social justice vision. Wilson began his career as a litigation associate at Graham Curtin law firm, before becoming General Counsel at All Pro Sports & Entertainment, Inc., where he spent five years as a certified player agent and spearheaded the social responsibility and community efforts of professional athletes. More recently, Wilson was founder and CEO of Nova Fitness Innovation.
Erwin joins as General Manager of Barclays Center, coming into the role with more than 25 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President of Business Operations at TD Garden Arena in Boston. Prior to TD Garden, Erwin spent 15 years at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta. She has received the Ray Ward Award for extraordinary contributions to IAVM’s Venue Management School, as well as serving as the chair of the Board of Trustees for the IAVM Foundation.
“Adina is one of the most respected venue operators in the sports and entertainment industry, and we are thrilled to have her as part of the ASM family,” said Bob Newman, Chairman of ASM Global. “She’s a talented leader and we are very fortunate to be able to leverage her wealth of expertise as we plan for a new NBA season at Barclays Center and look forward to a robust entertainment season sometime soon.”
Giacalone will oversee the arena’s premium hospitality spaces and the concourse concessions, working closely with Livio Velardo, who recently joined as Senior Executive Chef after serving as Executive Chef at the Balthazar Restaurant and Bakery in New York City.
“We’re proud to bring aboard two incredibly talented hospitality experts in Chris Giacalone and Chef Livio Velardo as we look forward to welcoming guests back to Barclays Center,” said Andy Lansing, President and CEO, Levy. “Chris is one of the best in the business and has deep expertise in operating iconic sports and entertainment venues. He’ll partner with Chef Livio to deliver the food, beverage and hospitality that define the Brooklyn Taste experience. Chef Livio is a world-class chef and has led many of New York’s most lauded kitchens. Fans and guests should be excited about how their combined operational expertise and culinary creativity will show up at Barclays Center.”