The Madison Square Garden Co. has named former Nielsen executive Scott Henry as executive vice president and chief technology officer, effective immediately.
An executive with more than two decades of experience – he most recently served as EVP and chief information officer at Nielsen Audio (formerly known as Arbitron) – Henry will work with MSG’s executive team to help develop the company’s ongoing strategic vision by assisting with objectives related to software development, engineering and technology. Henry will also be responsible for exploring strategic partnerships and will oversee all of MSG’s enterprise systems, mobile devices and collection of consumer-facing Web sites.
“Scott’s considerable experience in technology development will be instrumental as we focus on finding new ways to use technology to enhance our operations and drive customer awareness and engagement,” said Madison Square Garden Co. CEO Tad Smith in a statement. “We are fortunate to have such a seasoned professional in this important role, and look forward to having him as a part of our team as we continue to strengthen our legendary brands and pursue strategic growth opportunities that expand our businesses."
Henry joined Arbitron (now Nielsen Audio) in 2005. Prior to that he held senior executive positions with several high-technology companies, including E5 Systems, Vitria Technology and TalkingNets. From 1994 to 2000, Henry held executive positions with increasing responsibility at Verizon Communications, where he oversaw initiatives that included new billing systems, integrated customer care applications, and business process reengineering. Henry started his career as an economist and systems analyst at the U.S. Department of Labor, and also held senior positions at Price Waterhouse (now known as PwC) from 1993 to 1994 and Andersen Consulting (now known as Accenture) from 1985 to 1993.
“I am honored to be joining The Madison Square Garden Company. There are very few organizations anywhere with the strength of MSG’s brands, and I look forward to working with MSG’s management team and employees across the company to find new innovative ways to build on MSG’s position as one of the world’s leading media, sports and entertainment companies,” Henry said in a statement.
Madison Square Garden Co. includes live entertainment venues, The Madison Square Garden arena, Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon Theater, the Chicago Theater, The Wang Theater and The Forum in Los Angeles; professional sports teams the New York Knicks, New York Rangers and New York Liberty; and regional sports networks MSG and MSG-Plus. Late last month the company said its board of directors has approved a plan to explore a possible separation of its live entertainment and media properties into two separate publicly traded companies.