Turner Entertainment president named CEO of Atlanta Hawks - CBS46 News

Turner Entertainment president named CEO of Atlanta Hawks

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Turner Entertainment president Steve Koonin has been named the new CEO of the Atlanta Hawks.

Koonin will oversee business, financial and strategic operations with the Hawks and Phillips arena, according to a release from the team.

Koonin will also have an equity position with ownership and represent the owners as the head of the team.

"Steve Koonin's reputation as a game changer in both marketing and media makes him the ideal leader to usher the Atlanta Hawks into a new era," said Hawks majority owner Bruce Levenson.

"He has created a legacy as an expert in sports marketing, television, branding and digital media. The Hawks are thrilled that Steve is joining the ownership group as both our CEO and a partner."

Koonin joins the Hawks after working at Turner Broadcasting for 14 years. While at Turner, he oversaw TNT, TBS, TruTV and Turner Classic Movies.  He also helped build popular NBA show Inside the NBA.

"I have a deep commitment to Atlanta - my family has been a part of this city for nearly a century. I have watched the excitement and potential of the entire city growing together as our sports teams achieve success," said Koonin.

"I couldn't be more excited to join the Hawks organization. We have a lot of work to do, but I believe my professional experience, my passion for this team and the NBA, as well as the Hawks' great existing executive talent, including our President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry and President of Business Operations for the Hawks and Philips Arena President Bob Williams, make this organization's future very bright."

Koonin, a lifelong resident of Atlanta, also worked as the vice president of entertainment and marketing for Coca-Cola.

While at Turner, he also oversaw Peachtree TV, which is operated in Atlanta by Meredith Cooperation.  Meredith also owns CBS46 and CBS46.com.

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