Comcast Spectacor said Monday that it hired Valerie Camillo to head business operations at the Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia — part of recent personnel changes at the company.
Earlier this year, Comcast Corp. hired Virgin Media executive Dana Strong to head Xfinity brands and services, making her the highest-ranking woman in the Philadelphia-based Comcast Cable division.
Camillo, 45, who had been the chief revenue officer at Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals, will be the Comcast-owned subsidiary’s highest-ranking female executive, the company said. Comcast Spectacor said that the only other female executive in the NHL is Kim Pegula, owner and president of the Buffalo Sabres. (Pegula also has those posts with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.)
Camillo will report to Dave Scott, chairman and chief executive officer at Comcast Spectacor and governor of the Philadelphia Flyers, on business operations for the team and the arena, which, with about 2.6 million ticket-buying guests a year, is one of the busiest arenas in the nation. She also will manage business relationships with Xfinity Live, NBC10 Philadelphia, the 76ers, and Wells Fargo food-and-beverage provider Aramark.
The president of the Flyers itself remains Paul Holmgren. Holmgren makes decisions over players and he will separately report to Scott. The Flyers recently fired general manager Ron Hextall, replacing him with Chuck Fletcher.
“Valerie’s proven expertise in realizing revenue opportunities and implementing strategies that accelerate growth make her the right choice to lead an exciting new era for the Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center,” said Scott. “As we transform our venue into the most technologically advanced arena in the country and the Flyers’ pipeline of young talent continues to meld with our proven stars, Valerie’s leadership will ensure that our business operations perform at peak levels and deliver a best-in-class fan experience,” he said.