President, Boston Celtics
Rich Gotham currently serves as President of the 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics professional basketball team. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the Celtics business operations including sales, marketing, customer service, communications, corporate partnerships, business development, community and public relations, game entertainment, broadcast partnerships and arena relations. In addition, he works with Celtics Ownership, Basketball Staff, and the NBA on player transactions, as well as team and league related initiatives. He succeeds Arnold “Red” Auerbach as Celtics Team President.
Rich joined the Celtics as the Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Corporate Development in April 2003 and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in June of 2006, prior to be named team President in 2007.
Since joining the Celtics, Rich has been recognized for leading the team to new heights off the court. Under his leadership the team has established new records for ticket sales, television ratings, and sponsorship revenue. In addition, he successfully led negotiations to extend the Celtics lease to play in the TD Banknorth Garden, and was responsible for moving the Celtics radio broadcasts to WEEI, the nations top rated sports radio station. During his tenure with the Celtics, the team has grown revenue by over 50% .
Rich joined the Celtics after five years with the global internet media company, Lycos, where he served as Vice President of Sales and Business Development and was responsible for generating revenues in excess of $300 million annually. He played an integral role in helping to grow the Lycos Network into the most visited site on the Internet in 2001. While at Lycos, Gotham was part of a senior management team that exceeded Wall Street analyst expectations for revenue and profitability growth for nineteen (19) consecutive quarters. In addition, he sat on the Board of Directors for the Internet Advertising Bureau participating in the creation of multiple internet new media advertising standards.
In addition to his duties with the Celtics, Gotham has served on the Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s Committee for Physical Fitness and Sport and currently serves as a board member for Providence College Varsity Athletics, The Sports Museum of New England, Junior Achievement of MA and the National Sports Marketing Network. He is active in multiple charitable fundraising activities on behalf of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, and sits on the Board of Visitors for New England Baptist Hospital.
A graduate of Providence College (1986), Rich currently resides in Medfield, MA along with his wife and three children.