INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) – Indianapolis-based Pacers Sports & Entertainment has made several leadership changes. Among them, President and COO Rick Fuson has been promoted to CEO.
Fuson joined the organization in 1984 to manage the operations of the 1985 NBA All Star Game. He has been in his current role since September 2014.
Fuson will be replaced as president and chief operating officer by Mel Raines, who is currently vice president for corporate communications, community engagement and facility operations. As part of his expanded role, Raines will oversee human resources and IT functions in addition to the normal operational functions of the organization.
Additional management changes include:
- Todd Taylor, executive vice president and director of sales and marketing, has been promoted to president and chief commercial officer.
- CFO Kevin Bower will hold his post until 2022 before moving to a senior financial advisor role.
- Andy Arnold, vice president of event production and facility operations, is promoted to senior vice president of facility operations.
âOne of the remarkable characteristics of our organization is the caliber of people we are fortunate to have, and the transitions we are announcing today strengthen the leadership of the company and position PS&E for continued success in the business. future, âHerb Simon, owner of PS&E said in a statement. Press release.
All changes will take effect on January 1.
The changes come less than a month after PS&E hired Tracy Ellis-Ward as Senior Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Ellis-Ward previously served as Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Senior Associate Commissioner for the BIG EAST Conference.