MSG Names Creamer EVP, CFO

Madison Square Garden Co. said Tuesday that it has named Sean Creamer executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Sept. 1.

Creamer, the former president and CEO of ratings company Arbitron, will report directly to MSG CEO Tad Smith. He replaces Bob Pollichino, who announced earlier that he planned to retire on Sept. 1.

 As a member of the company’s executive management team, Creamer will provide strategic financial insight regarding all facets of the business, helping prioritize opportunities and drive value creation. In addition, he will partner with the company’s leadership in the strategic planning process. On a day-to-day basis, Creamer will be responsible for all of MSG’s financial and accounting matters, including forecasting, budgeting, and financial planning and analysis, as well as the company’s treasury, investor relations, tax and risk management functions.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Sean, who brings considerable financial and operating experience, along with a proven track record of creating value for shareholders at publicly traded companies,” Smith said in a statement. “We look forward to his leadership as we continue to pursue excellence across our operations and strategic growth opportunities ahead.”

Creamer was with Arbitron for nine years, initially as EVP of finance and planning, later moving up the ranks to chief operating officer and later CEO. Prior to Arbitron he was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Laureate Education, Inc. Creamer had previously held financial positions with at Mobil Corp. (now Exxon Mobil Corp.) and Price Waterhouse (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers). A certified public accountant, he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. Joseph’s University and a Master of Science in Taxation from Georgetown University.

“I have long admired the legendary and iconic brands and assets of The Madison Square Garden Company and am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of its management team,” Creamer said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Tad’s and MSG’s outstanding team to drive sustainable growth and value enhancement from the company’s unparalleled portfolio of assets and support the continued development and execution of its strategic plan for the future.”