|JOHN BROWNE, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
John Browne joined the Columbus Blue Jackets as senior vice president, chief marketing officer in July 2010. In his role with the Blue Jackets, he oversees the organization's season, group and single game ticket sales as well as all marketing initiatives including advertising, promotions, digital marketing, community relations, broadcasting and fan development.
Most recently, Browne served as vice president, club consulting and services for the National Hockey League. In that position, Browne worked with League and Club executives on a daily basis promoting the very best business practices in the major revenue generating areas of corporate sponsorship, premium seating & suites and ticket sales.
Prior to joining the League office, Browne served as the executive vice president and chief sales officer for the Phoenix Coyotes, National Lacrosse League's Arizona Sting and Jobing.com Arena and was responsible for the company's corporate partnership, premium seating and ticket sales and services departments. Browne was responsible for securing the naming rights agreement for Jobing.com Arena. Prior to his stint in Phoenix, he spent eight years with Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays, including serving as vice president of marketing and broadcasting from 1999-2005. He originally joined the organization as director of corporate sales in 1997.
Before joining the Rays, Browne spent six years with the Chicago White Sox organization, the first three years as general manager of major league spring training operations and their Class A Sarasota Club, where he was named Florida State League Executive of the Year in 1993. Browne oversaw spring training operations for the club during the years Bo Jackson made his comeback and Michael Jordan pursued a professional baseball career. Browne moved up to Chicago in 1994 and served as the team's manager of sponsorship sales and broadcast operations. Browne began his career in 1988 when he served as the general manager of the Burlington (NC) Indians, Cleveland's rookie league affiliate.
A native of Wayne, New Jersey, Browne is a summa cum laude graduate of St. John's University in Jamaica, New York. He and his wife, Anne, are the parents of sons, John III and Patrick.