Madison Square Garden Co. named Irene Baker senior vice president, government affairs, effective July 9.
In her new position Baker, a former top staffer of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will serve as MSG's chief government affairs executive, overseeing all of the company's public affairs matters.
Baker will be responsible for directing MSG's government relations activities, as well as managing all legislative and policy matters in support of the company's businesses both within and outside of New York. She will report to Barry Watkins, executive vice president, communications and administration.
"We are extremely fortunate to have such a seasoned professional join The Madison Square Garden Company at such an important time in our history," Watkins said in a statement "While working for the State of New York, Irene established an excellent track record of building support for the Governor's agenda and effectively communicating key administrative priorities. We are certain that her expertise, strong relationships and strategic counsel will be vital as we continue to seek opportunities to grow one of the world's leading sports, entertainment and media companies."
Baker most recently served as Director of Cabinet Affairs for Gov. Cuomo's Office, acting as liaison with cabinet agency commissioners and organizing coordinated communication of Administration priorities across the State. She simultaneously served as Director of the Regional Economic Development Councils for the Empire State Development Corporation
"It has been a privilege to serve the people of the State of New York under Gov. Cuomo's leadership and I am proud to have played a part in his efforts to bring performance, integrity and pride back to public service. As a lifelong New Yorker, I am thrilled to be joining an iconic New York institution like The Madison Square Garden Company, particularly during such an exciting period of growth," Baker said in a statement. "I look forward to working with the senior team to establish the most productive and positive working relationships with various government entities and to ensuring that the company's many good works, both in business and in the community through their highly-regarded Garden of Dreams Foundation, are well understood."
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