Gillian Zucker enters her third season as President of Business Operations of the L.A. Clippers, with the team poised to continue its emergence as an industry leader in innovating and enhancing the fan experience and reach in the Los Angeles community and beyond. A sports industry veteran, Zucker joined the Clippers on Nov. 6, 2014 after spending nine years as the President of Auto Club Speedway, the largest race track on the West Coast.
Overseeing all aspects of Business Operations, Zucker brings a philosophy of transparency and strategic discipline to the Clippers. Zucker is committed to positioning the Clippers as a leading example of how a sports organization can make a community impact far beyond the court or field.
In 2015, she led the re-launch of the L.A. Clippers Foundation, which last season impacted more than 350,000 lives in the Greater Los Angeles region. Primarily focused in the areas of education, health, and wellness, one of the Foundation’s major team initiatives included a partnership with Vision To Learn to provide vision services to every student K-12 in the Inglewood School District. Among a myriad of other programs, the Foundation also provided support which allowed a record 24,000 kids to participate in the Jr. Clippers basketball program in conjunction with the L.A. City Recreation & Parks Centers and YMCA branches.
Committed to an exceptional fan experience, Zucker has been the driving force in developing new experiences for every segment of the Clippers audience. These have included spearheading the team’s new logo and brand identity, the introduction of Chuck the Condor, and a revamped courtside experience which included the construction of the Lexus Courtside Club. New for 2016-17 is the debut of the first Clippers Season Ticket Holder Club at STAPLES Center and a newly revamped fan experience in the STAPLES Center 300 level.
Other areas of strategic focus include the development of a visionary new digital product, conceived by Steve Ballmer, intended to redefine the sports broadcast experience. In addition to securing a strong and vibrant radio relationship with iHeartMedia Los Angeles and AM 570 KLAC in March 2016, Zucker has also put into place novel strategic partnership platforms such as DTLAC – a Saturday Night Series Celebrating Downtown Los Angeles.
Zucker was honored by Los Angeles Magazine in the September, 2016 issue as one of 10 “Wonder Women” changing L.A.
Prior to joining the Clippers, Zucker was named President of Auto Club Speedway in June 2005 and led all facets of the Speedway’s business and served on the International Speedway Corporation executive management team overseeing Chicagoland and Kansas Speedways. She 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. A graduate of Hamilton College, Zucker serves on the board of the Young Presidents Organization and acts as the Clippers NBA Alternate Governor.