David O’Connor is president and chief executive officer of The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG). In this role, he is responsible for the Company’s overall strategic vision, and for the advancement of its sports and entertainment businesses. Mr. O’Connor leads the Company’s efforts to identify new initiatives that enhance MSG’s existing brands and represent new opportunities for growth, including the formation of new strategic alliances and transactions.
The Company’s signature assets consist of some of the nation’s most dynamic and powerful sports and entertainment brands. This diverse collection of properties includes a portfolio of iconic venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. In addition, MSG owns and operates professional sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty; and entertainment properties, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular New York Spectacular, both featuring the legendary Rockettes; and is part of strategic partnerships, including Azoff MSG Entertainment and Tribeca Enterprises.
Before joining MSG, Mr. O’Connor spent more than 30 years at CAA, serving as managing partner of the world-wide entertainment and sports agency for the past 20 years. He began his career at CAA in 1983 in the mailroom and was soon promoted to agent in the Motion Picture department. In 1995, Mr. O’Connor took over day-to-day management and ownership of the agency along with his partners, helping to expand the agency’s operations and services around the globe, while maintaining the company’s reputation as a trusted agency. In 1996, Mr. O’Connor and his partners broke new ground in the entertainment industry with the creation of the CAA Foundation, which involves the entertainment community and CAA clients in philanthropy and engages organizations to lend their support to a variety of philanthropic programs. This was followed in 2006 by the launch of CAA Sports, which today represents more than 1,000 of the world’s top athletes, coaches and broadcasters, along with many of the biggest brands and properties in sports worldwide, including The Madison Square Garden Company.
In 2008, Mr. O’Connor also co-founded and established Evolution Media Capital (EMC), a CAA affiliate that provides investment banking and advisory, asset management, industry research, and capital-raising services to the media and sports industries. And in 2012, Mr. O’Connor was instrumental in the creation of CAA Eleven, a dedicated CAA subsidiary that manages the media, sponsorship, and licensing rights for all National Team Football in Europe governed by UEFA (Union of European Football Associations).
Mr. O’Connor is married to Lona Williams and has two children, Lucy and Angus.