As Senior Vice President of the NBA’s industry-renowned Team Marketing & Business Operations (TMBO) department, Brendan Donohue oversees the account management function for the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League.
Since joining the league in 2009, Donohue has been instrumental in a number of TMBO’s accomplishments, including assisting with ownership transitions in Sacramento, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Memphis. His responsibilities also include leading team business discussions at WNBA and NBA Development League Board of Governors meetings and presenting at frequent workshops, including assisting NBA team presidents on best practices in marketing, ticket sales, and sponsorship sales. Prior to his current role, Donohue was Vice President of TMBO, where he managed eight NBA team accounts and was responsible for helping those teams drive revenue and share best practices in business operations.
Before joining the league office, Donohue spent five years as Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service with the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Philips Arena. During his career in Atlanta, Donohue led five consecutive seasons of revenue growth, including ranking first in the NBA in ticket revenue growth during the 2008-09 season.
From 2004 to 2005, Donohue served as Director of Ticket Sales with the New Orleans Hornets, overseeing all ticket sales and ticket operations. Donohue also worked as Suite Sales Manager with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he led suite sales efforts for the franchise. He began his career with the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment, where he was responsible for selling season tickets and suites for the Pistons, The Palace of Auburn Hills, and two concert amphitheaters.
Donohue earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 1996. He resides in Fairfield, Conn., with his wife Patty, daughter Mandy, and son Carter.3/2014