Speaker

Kevin Gilmore Kevin Gilmore

President and chief executive officer
The Montreal Impact

Kevin Gilmore was named President and CEO of the Montreal Impact and Stade Saputo on January 22, 2019. Until his nomination was announced, Joey Saputo, the team owner, was the only person to hold this position in the club’s 25-year history.

Gilmore, 54, has accumulated over 25 years of experience in the world of sports, media, and entertainment, having contributed to the success of world-renowned organizations, including the Walt Disney Company, Disney Sports Enterprises, Anschultz Entertainment Group and the Montreal Canadiens.

More recently, Gilmore offered consulting services in the sports, media, and entertainment sectors across North America as a founder of 4Sport Consulting, while occupying a role on the administrative council of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Native of Arvida, in Saguenay, and perfectly bilingual, he was previously the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Montreal Canadiens for five years, from April 2011 until June 2016, responsible for corporate partnerships, sales, and marketing. He also oversaw the development of major projects for Groupe CH, including the negotiating of landmark French and English language broadcast deals, the creation of the 24CH documentary, the putting in place of Club 1909, and the construction of Tour I and II of the Canadiens’ condominium development projects in downtown Montreal.

From 2006 to 2009, he acted as senior vice president of corporate development and strategic planning with the Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc. (AEG), supervising all new business development initiatives for AEG’s global operations, most notably involved in the development sports infrastructures and entertainment district projects in Shanghai and Guangzhou, in China, as well as an arena project in Beijing.

Between 1999 and 2006, he served as vice president of hockey operations and assistant general manager for the Los Angeles Kings, owned by AEG, while fulfilling duties as governor and general manager of the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ AHL affiliate team.

In 1998, he founded the Professional Sports Advisors Group, presiding over and operating the sports consulting firm whose clients came from three major professional sports leagues in North America (NHL, MLB and NFL).

From 1996 to 1998, he served as vice president of corporate affairs for Anaheim Sports, Inc., owners of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in NHL and the Anaheim Angels in MLB. Gilmore was responsible for all legal aspects regarding the operations of the two professional clubs, as well as Anaheim Stadium, for anything regarding the negotiating of licensing matters, advertising, broadcasting rights, and contract negotiations with players from both clubs.

As a lawyer in the Los Angeles region and working closely with The Walt Disney Company, he was mandated by the company in 1991 to lead the strategy and negotiations in acquiring the Anaheim Mighty Ducks franchise in NHL, efforts that led to the team’s launch in 1993.

Before joining Disney in 1991, Gilmore was an associate with Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, after beginning his career at Martineau Walker, in Montreal.

Married and a father of three, Gilmore earned his Bachelor of Law from the University of Ottawa in Civil and Common Law and holds a certificate in finance from the University of Chicago.

Update: March 2019