Sharks President and CEO Greg Jamison Stepping Away from Day-to-Day Operations of Franchise
HP Pavilion One of the Busiest U.S. Arenas Under Jamison’s Leadership
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Long-time San Jose Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison announced today he has decided to step away from his position and the day-to-day operations of the highly-successful and well-respected National Hockey League franchise on October 1. The process of finding a replacement will begin shortly.
Moving forward, Jamison will continue to be involved with the franchise. He remains a member of the ownership group and serves as the franchise’s Governor to the NHL as well as on the League’s ten-person Executive Committee, a position he was elected to by the NHL’s Board of Governors in 2007. In addition, he will remain active in his position as president of the Sharks Foundation.
Named as president in 1996, Jamison, 60, has overseen the day-to-day business operations for the Sharks and Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E). Under his guidance, the organization has grown into one of the most respected in all of sports, building a strong and talented front office and executive team.
“I have immensely enjoyed running this franchise and wish to thank the ownership group for their support and cooperation,” said Jamison. “Our team, both on and off the ice, is set up for success moving forward, and I look forward to assisting my fellow partners in a more limited role.
“This organization, including the hockey team and HP Pavilion, has become part of the fabric and culture of the downtown core, the city of San Jose, Silicon Valley and beyond,” added Jamison. “We have brought quality entertainment to countless residents of the Bay Area. The organization will continue to strive toward our goal of winning the Stanley Cup for our tremendously loyal fan base. I can attest that the Sharks and SVS&E remain in the capable hands of an extremely talented, dedicated and experienced staff.”
In 2001, Jamison coordinated efforts to form the San Jose Sports and Entertainment Enterprises ownership group after being approached by former Sharks Owner George Gund III to assemble a group of local investors to purchase the team and keep them securely in San Jose.
“On behalf of the ownership group of SVS&E, we want to thank Greg for his incredible leadership,” said owners Kevin Compton and Stratton Sclavos. “He leaves a legacy of accomplishment both on and off the ice, strong devotion to the fans and community, and a culture of integrity and passion that will carry on for decades to come.”
SVS&E, created in the summer of 2000 by Jamison, oversees all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks, HP Pavilion at San Jose and events such as Strikeforce Mixed Martial Arts. In addition, SVS&E manages the SAP Open (San Jose, Ca) and Regions Morgan Keegan Championships (Memphis, TN) ATP Tour Tennis tournaments, Cellular South Cup (Memphis, TN) WTA Tour tennis tournament, the American Hockey League’s Worcester Sharks, Sharks Ice at San Jose (the Sharks official training facility), Sharks Ice at Fremont, Oakland Ice Center operated by Sharks Ice, as well as other select HP Pavilion events.
During his tenure, Jamison has overseen the transformation of the Sharks into one of the NHL's most respected and successful franchises. In his 13 seasons as president, the team has advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs eleven times, including capturing the Presidents’ Trophy in 2009 and the berths in the Western Conference Final in 2004 and 2010. The Sharks have won five Pacific Division Titles in the past eight years.
Since the 1996-97 season, the Sharks rank seventh in points earned and wins (530) among all 30 NHL teams. They also are tied for sixth in the NHL for most playoff series played during that span (20). Since the 2003-04 season, San Jose ranks second in both categories.
Highlights of his tenure included hiring Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson, directing overall company objectives and philosophy and overseeing the recent $17.5 million upgrade to facility’s scoreboard, fascia signage and sound system. He presided over the renaming of San Jose Arena to HP Pavilion in 2001, ensuring that the team would remain in San Jose through 2015 and provides resources to maintain the facility.
HP Pavilion accounts for more than 175 events per year, and over the past 10 years has ranked consistently in the top five in North America and top 10 in the world based on ticket sales for non-sporting related events by Pollstar, the leading concert industry trade magazine. Total attendance since opening in 1993 is more than 20-million guests with more than 2,400 events.
In 2009, he also helped the organization secure a multi-year television broadcast partnership with Comcast SportsNet that provides Sharks fans with the most comprehensive TV schedule in franchise history.
He was initially hired in 1993 as vice president of business operations for his proven leadership and ability to mesh the unique needs of all franchise supporters — including fans, businesses and corporate partners — with the talents of the club's front office personnel.
Jamison helped create the Sharks Foundation in 1994 — established to meet the educational, social and cultural needs of the local community by offering unique resources and financial support to those in need. It has awarded more than $4.1 million since its inception. Other community-minded programs have placed the Sharks at the forefront of community relations.
Jamison is an active participant in the endeavors of several local community organizations. He arrived in San Jose after a notable stint as vice president of business operations with the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association from 1987-93. From 1980-87, Jamison served as director of marketing for the Dallas Mavericks. Jamison's career in athletics began in 1977 as director of marketing for Athletes in Action, a Christian amateur sports organization.