President, New York Jets
Neil Glat is entering his first season with the Jets after being named President on April 11, 2012. Glat reports directly to Jets Chairman and CEO, Woody Johnson, and oversees all elements of business operations, including finance, stadium, marketing, sponsorship, legal, human resources, public affairs, merchandising, digital media and broadcasting.
Prior to joining the Jets, Glat was the National Football League’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. Glat headed a department responsible for League strategic initiatives, new business development, Club business development, and stadium development. In addition, he oversaw the recently-approved NFL venture capital fund. Glat rejoined the NFL in 1997 after previously working at the NFL from 1991 to 1992.
Glat has led deal teams and been actively involved in numerous League strategic initiatives. His work has involved team sales, secondary ticketing (including the negotiation of the League’s deal with Ticketmaster and oversight of the NFL Ticket Exchange) consumer products (including new retail opportunities and video game deals with Electronic Arts), in-stadium digital media offerings, international, and youth football initiatives (including the launch of USA Football).
Glat’s stadium development activities have included advancing the League’s G-3 and G-4 stadium financing programs, negotiating an NFL investment in the Louisiana Superdome post-Hurricane Katrina and related lease amendments, and actively supporting the stadium efforts of numerous NFL Clubs including the Jet’s and Giant’s home, MetLife Stadium. In addition, he spearheaded the League’s efforts to develop stadium opportunities for the possible return of an NFL team to Los Angeles and was an integral part of the expansion processes for the Cleveland Browns, including the team sale to Al Lerner, and the Houston Texans, including the team sale to Bob McNair.
His Club business development efforts entailed managing the League initiative to help grow revenues for all 32 NFL Clubs. This included putting an organizational team in place and identifying and executing specific growth opportunities and best practices in the areas of ticketing, sponsorship, and media.
A two-time selection for the Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40 award, Glat has also worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and as an investment banker at Dillon, Read & Co. Inc.
He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School after graduating with a degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. A native of Westchester, NY, he is married and has twin nine-year old daughters.