President of Business Operations
Gillian Zucker in 2018-19 enters her fifth season as President of Business Operations of the L.A. Clippers. She is the only female team president in the NBA and oversees the league’s largest female leadership team. Zucker oversees all aspects of the Clippers’ business functions, from corporate partnerships, marketing and ticket sales, to finance, legal, communications and community relations. Her focus is creating a culture of constant improvement, and a fan-first philosophy with innovative strategic discipline to support the team efforts around operating as an elite championship franchise. She is further committed to positioning the Clippers as a powerful community asset that positively impacts lives far beyond the court.
Zucker is the driving force in developing new experiences for every segment of the Clippers’ audience. She spearheaded the transformation of the in-arena entertainment into what has been widely heralded as best in class. She led the introduction of the Chuck the Condor mascot in 2016 as well as the Clippers new brand positioning. Zucker also conceived and introduced the exclusive courtside Star Seats, the Lexus Courtside Club and the first-ever Clippers Season Ticket Club while improving the fan experience for 300 level ticket buyers.
Major business initiatives under Zucker’s guidance have included the introduction of innovative new, ticketing solutions and the launch of the Clippers G-League team, the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario. She also spearheaded negotiations for broadcast relationships with television home Fox Sports Prime Ticket and radio partner iHeartMedia Los Angeles/AM 570 KLAC. Most recently, she led the launch of the revolutionary, new Clippers CourtVision digital broadcast product, conceived by Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer, that is redefining the sports broadcast experience.
Zucker, alongside Ballmer, oversees the development of the world’s best basketball arena, which will be the fan-centric and player-focused future home for the Clippers in Inglewood.
In 2015, Zucker led the re-launch of the L.A. Clippers Foundation with a focus on leveling the playing field for L.A. children. Major foundation initiatives since that time have included a non-profit partnership that solved the vision problem for all children in the Inglewood and Long Beach School Districts and is currently tackling all 640,000+ Los Angeles public school students and, among myriad of other programs, the growth of the Jr. Clippers youth basketball program to more than 100,000 participants, one of the largest in the NBA. This past year, the Clippers made a multi-million-dollar gift to the city of Los Angeles that will fund the updating of 350 indoor and outdoor basketball courts at City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facilities and bring youth sports programming to all of L.A.’s diverse geographic and economic regions.
Zucker also led the development of the Clippers’ global partnership with the connections app Bumble, which brings together two organizations with strong female leadership that support and invest in promoting gender equality, and is displayed through the Empowerment Badge on Clippers uniforms.
Zucker is a sports industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in the industry. She joined the Clippers after spending 16 years in motorsports, nine as the President of Auto Club Speedway, the largest race track on the West Coast. She also served on the International Speedway Corporation executive management team overseeing the Chicagoland and Kansas Speedways, and was named one of the top five most powerful women in motorsports by MSN and FOX.
Prior to her time at Auto Club Speedway, Zucker served as Daytona International Speedway’s Vice President of Business and Development. She joined International Speedway Corporation (ISC), the owner of Auto Club Speedway, in 1998. Before joining ISC, Zucker worked in Minor League Baseball, serving as Assistant General Manager of the Durham (NC) Bulls.
Zucker was honored by Los Angeles Magazine in 2016 as one of 10 Wonder Women changing L.A., by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2018 as the Enterprise Executive of the Year and by CSQ Magazine in 2018 as a Visionary in Sports and Entertainment.
A graduate of Hamilton College, Zucker serves on the board of the Young Presidents Organization and acts as the Clippers’ NBA Alternate Governor.