LOS ANGELES, USA // Gillian Zucker in 2020-21 enters her seventh season as President of Business Operations of the LA Clippers, where she leads all Clippers business functions as well as a growing list of sports and entertainment properties. In addition to the Clippers, Zucker oversees the iconic concert and live events venue the Forum presented by Chase and the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, which she grew from just an idea to a competitive, professional basketball team. Zucker, alongside Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer, is also leading the development of the Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center (IBEC), a world-class basketball arena that will open for the start of the 2024-25 NBA season.
Zucker and the Clippers introduced Clippers CourtVision powered by AWS, a digital broadcast product that redefined the sports broadcast experience, at the start of the 2018-19 NBA season. CourtVision’s machine learning and artificial intelligence-powered real-time graphics overlays have earned it awards from the NBA, Sports Business Journal and Leaders in Sport and its innovative viewing experience is changing the way fans watch the NBA.
Across her purview, Zucker emphasizes a culture of hard work, commitment and constant improvement, while positioning the SoCal institutions that she oversees as community and industry leaders that put fans first. Under her guidance, the Clippers have set new season ticket and partnership sales records while creating an engaging fan experience, the Forum served as a Vote Center for the 2020 Presidential General Election, and the Clippers and Zucker were honored by United Nations Women L.A. as Champions of Change for their work in the diversity and inclusion space.
The Clippers organization and LA Clippers Foundation, which focuses on leveling the playing field for Los Angeles children, have made a remarkable impact on the Southern California community under Zucker’s leadership, through major initiatives and programs that spur real and lasting change. The Clippers have cured the vision problem for L.A. public schoolchildren, renovated all 350 public basketball courts in L.A. County and given countless dollars and volunteer hours to organizations with proven expertise in improving children’s lives. What’s more, the City of Inglewood, which both the Forum and IBEC call home, is receiving a $100 million community benefits package, the largest ever connected to the construction of a sports venue. IBEC will also create jobs and generate economic activity and tax revenue that will support city services from parks to fire stations.
Zucker’s career has established her as a leader across the sports industry, and she has experience working in all major U.S. sports. She started her career working in minor league hockey, worked with NFL Properties and held several positions in minor league baseball. She joined the Clippers after spending 16 years in motorsports, with nine as the President of Auto Club Speedway, the largest race track on the West Coast. She also served on the International Speedway Corporation executive management team overseeing the Chicagoland and Kansas Speedways, and was named one of the top five most powerful women in motorsports by MSN and FOX.
Since coming to the Clippers organization, Zucker has been honored by Los Angeles Magazine as one of 10 Wonder Women changing L.A., by the Los Angeles Business Journal as the Executive of the Year, by VenuesNow as a VenuesNow All-Star, by CSQ Magazine as a Visionary in Sports and Entertainment and by Cynopsis as a Top Woman in Media.
Zucker acts as the Clippers’ NBA Alternate Governor and is a member of the league’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Team Advisory Committee. She is a graduate of Hamilton College and serves on the Young Presidents Organization board and the Board of Directors of the global investment bank Houlihan Lokey.