Hawks executive to leave organization

Hawks executive Andrew Steinberg is leaving the organization, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Steinberg was named to a newly created position of Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer in August. He headed several strategic projects including a new practice facility, the reimaging of Philips Arena and the pursuit an NBA Development League franchise as a Hawks affiliate.

Steinberg sent an e-mail announcing his decision within the Hawks organization Monday morning.

When the Hawks announced the new position for Steinberg, who had previously served as Chief Revenue Officer, they announced Andrew Saltzman as Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer. CEO Steve Koonin and Saltzman did a wide-ranging interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, published last week, on a number of topics including the expected announcement of a site and naming-rights partner for the practice facility in the first quarter of 2016 and efforts toward a major Philips Arena renovation.

In addition, the Hawks this month announced the hiring of a new Chief Financial and Real-Estate Officer, Thad Sheely, who worked on major stadium and arena projects as an executive with the Jets and Heat. Sheely’s job description with the Hawks includes strategic leadership in construction of the practice facility and renovation of the arena.

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