Gutierrez, who brings two decades of experience as a “business executive, investor and negotiator focused on investment management, corporate strategy and operations, finance and business development,” the statement said. of the team, becomes the first Latin American president and CEO of the league. history.
“I am very proud to name Xavier as the first president and CEO of the Latin American team in the history of the NHL,” said Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo, who himself scored story when he took over the club last year.
“This is a historic day for the Coyotes and the entire NHL. I have known Xavier for over a decade and he is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of business and investment experience. We share the same business approach and his intelligence, leadership skills and strategic mentality have made him the obvious choice to be our new CEO.
“He is a leader with exceptional vision and integrity, and I have the utmost confidence that he can help the Coyotes become a world class organization on and off the ice.”
Gutierrez joined the Coyotes after serving as managing director of the Californian investment firm Clearlake Capital Group. He previously worked with Meruelo as chief investment officer of the Meruelo group, as well as chief investment officer of Meruelo Investment Partners.
“I am extremely grateful to Mr. Meruelo for this opportunity to lead the Coyotes, whom he loves so much, and honored to become the first President and CEO of the Latin team in the history of the NHL,” said said Gutierrez, when the team was released. “This is a very special and proud day for me, my wife Jericca, our son Xavi and our entire extended family.
“Sir. Meruelo and I share the same vision of making Coyotes a world class organization that innovates in our efforts to connect and develop our fan base, continue to be a leader in our community and develop great relationships with our business partners.
“We want to build a financially stable and prosperous organization over the long term, and our ultimate goal is to bring a Stanley Cup to our big fans in Arizona.”