Gayle Benson provides leadership for the New Orleans Pelicans and New Orleans Saints, succeeding her husband, Tom Benson, who passed away on March 15, 2018, after serving as the Owner of the Pelicans franchise since 2012 and the Saints since 1985. The New Orleans native is an accomplished business professional and philanthropist with strong ties to the local community and who is dedicated to contributing to the growth and enhancement of the Gulf South region.




Dennis Lauscha, who was named president of the Pelicans in 2012, oversees the club’s financial operations, government affairs, its marketing, ticket and suite sales, legal, stadium, community affairs, human resources, information technology and facilities departments. He has also has served as president of the New Orleans Saints since 2012. He is a representative for both clubs at NFL and NBA Owner’s Meetings.



Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations

David Griffin enters his first season with the New Orleans Pelicans after being named the team’s Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations on April 17, 2019. Prior to joining the Pelicans, Griffin served as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Vice President of Basketball Operations from 2010-14 and General Manager from 2014-17. Under his guidance, the Cavaliers won 53 games in the 2014-15 season and reached their first of three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, with Griffin finishing second in NBA Basketball Executive of the Year voting. The following season, Griffin led the Cavaliers to a 57-win season – the third highest total in franchise history – and Cleveland went on to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, bringing the franchise its first championship and the city of Cleveland their first professional title in 52 years.



General Manager

Trajan Langdon was named the General Manager of the New Orleans Pelicans on May 19, 2019, reporting directly to Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, David Griffin. Prior to joining the Pelicans, Langdon served at the assistant general manager for the Brooklyn Nets since March 8, 2016. Langdon, who also served as general manager of the Brooklyn Nets’ NBA G League affiliate – the Long Island Nets – was named the 2018-19 NBA G League Basketball Executive of the Year after Long Island tied for the NBA G League’s best record (34-16), earning the franchise’s first postseason berth as the No. 1 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, and advanced to the 2019 NBA G League Finals.


Ben Hales

Sr. Vice President/Chief Operating Officer


Greg Bensel

Sr. Vice President of Communications & Broadcasting


Michael Stanfield

Sr. Vice President of Sales


Ed Lang

Sr. Vice President/Chief Financial Officer


Vicky Neumeyer

Sr. Vice President/General Counsel