World Wrestling Entertainment issued this press release to us earlier today, noting that they have signed a new vice president of live events. It is assumed that he will be taking the job of Bret Hart (not the Hall of Famer), who recently gave his resignation to the company. Below is the PR blurb:
WWE NAMES THOMAS VEIT SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF LIVE EVENTS
STAMFORD, CT, February 14, 2011 – WWE announced today that Thomas Veit has been named Senior Vice President of Live Events. Veit will report to Stephanie McMahon, WWE Executive Vice President, Creative Development and Operations. In his new role, Veit will oversee WWE’s Live Events department which includes ticket sales, event marketing and booking.
“Tom has a proven track record not only with WWE but with several professional sports organizations,” said Stephanie McMahon. “His extensive experience in live event promotions and operations will be a tremendous asset to the company.”
Prior to joining WWE, Veit was President of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union and PPL Park As President, he directed the creation, development, and operation of all business activities for the launch of the stadium and team.
Veit was the Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs at the University of South Florida prior to Keystone Sports & Entertainment. He has also held positions with the XFL’s Orlando Rage, Major League Soccer’s Tampa Bay Mutiny, Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm, Pace Entertainment and Clear Channel Communications.
Veit holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and International Affairs from the University of South Florida.