The Golden State Warriors have promoted Jennifer Millet…

The Golden State Warriors have promoted Jennifer Millet to Senior Vice President of Marketing and Mike Kitts to Senior Vice President of Partnerships, the team announced today. Both Millet and Kitts will continue to report to Warriors Chief Revenue Officer Brandon Schneider. In their elevated roles, Millet will continue to lead all marketing efforts and Kitts will oversee all corporate partnerships efforts for the Warriors and Chase Center. “Jen and Mike have both established themselves as fantastic senior leaders during one of the most pivotal times for our organization as we move from a basketball team to a sports and entertainment company,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “From Jen creating, expanding and launching new marketing elements across the Warriors and Chase Center and Mike building the most robust and innovative partnership program, both have proven to be the best at what they do in their respective areas. Jen and Mike are perfect examples of what our organization represents.”
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