NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (NYSE: MSGE) (“MSG Entertainment”) today announced that Jamal Haughton, an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of legal experience, has been named Executive Vice President and General Counsel, effective December 6. Mr. Haughton will serve as the Company’s chief legal officer, working closely with MSG Entertainment’s executive leadership to support the Company’s long-term direction and growth.
MSG Entertainment is a leader in live entertainment, featuring renowned venues, entertainment brands and regional sports and entertainment networks. The Company has also unveiled plans for state-of-the-art venues, called MSG Sphere, and is currently building its first venue in Las Vegas.
In his role, Mr. Haughton will serve as head of the Company’s Legal department, and will oversee all legal functions across a broad range of disciplines including corporate, commercial, transactional, litigation, and regulatory matters. He will be responsible for and direct MSG Entertainment’s corporate and business legal affairs, including managing the development, negotiation and execution of all material business transactions. Mr. Haughton will report to Jim Dolan, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MSG Entertainment.
Mr. Dolan said: “We are pleased to welcome Jamal, who was also an important member of our legal team at Cablevision. Jamal brings significant experience in high-profile corporate and business legal matters, and we are fortunate to have such a seasoned executive in this important role as we continue to pursue our plans for growth, driven by our MSG Sphere initiative.”
Mr. Haughton said: “I am thrilled to be joining Madison Square Garden Entertainment at such an important time for the company. I look forward to working with the management team to help ensure we continue to deliver excellence across our operations and drive the Company’s key growth initiatives.”
Mr. Haughton joins MSG Entertainment following a career that includes diverse experience working with prominent Fortune 500 public companies. Most recently, Mr. Haughton served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a global leader in consumer electronics and technology. Mr. Haughton served as Samsung’s chief legal officer for the U.S. As a member of Samsung’s executive management team, he was responsible for providing counsel to the CEO and senior leadership on all legal matters affecting Samsung and its subsidiaries.
Prior to joining Samsung in 2016, Mr. Haughton spent 10 years at Cablevision Systems Corporation, a publicly-traded media and telecommunications company, in roles of increasing responsibility. In his last role at Cablevision as Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Mr. Haughton provided ongoing legal counsel to the Board of Directors and senior executive management on corporate governance, public company reporting, corporate finance and major strategic company-wide corporate transactions, including Cablevision’s sale to Altice USA in 2016.
Mr. Haughton began his legal career in the New York office of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he spent seven years in the firm’s Corporate Practice where he specialized in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and securities law matters. Mr. Haughton has been recognized with several industry honors including Chambers’ “Global Top 100 GC Influencers” (2019).
Mr. Haughton received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.
About Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (MSG Entertainment) is a leader in live entertainment. The Company presents or hosts a broad array of events in its diverse collection of venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; and The Chicago Theatre. MSG Entertainment is also building a new state-of-the-art venue in Las Vegas, MSG Sphere at The Venetian. In addition, the Company features the original production – the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes – and through Boston Calling Events, produces the Boston Calling Music Festival. The Company’s two regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network and MSG+, deliver a wide range of live sports content and other programming. Also under the MSG Entertainment umbrella is Tao Group Hospitality, with entertainment dining and nightlife brands including: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Beauty & Essex, Cathédrale, Hakkasan and Omnia. More information is available at www.msgentertainment.com.