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Tad Smith

Tad Smith

Joined Stern 1999

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street,
New York, NY 10012

E-mail tsmith@stern.nyu.edu


Tad Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Madison Square Garden Company

Tad Smith serves as president and chief executive officer of The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), overseeing all aspects of the company, including the overall strategy and day-to-day operations of MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, as well as its administrative areas, including Finance, Legal, Human Resources, Communications and Business Operations. He also serves as alternate governor to the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League on behalf of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

The Madison Square Garden Company's signature assets include an unparalleled portfolio of iconic venues: New York's Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, California; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. In addition, MSG owns and operates professional sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty; MSG Entertainment and its entertainment properties, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, featuring the legendary Radio City Rockettes; regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG and MSG+; and Fuse, a national music network.

Previously, Mr. Smith served as President, Local Media at Cablevision Systems Corporation, where he was responsible for Cablevision Media Sales, the company's digital and linear television advertising sales division; News 12 Networks, the tri-state area leader in local cable news, weather and traffic for the communities Cablevision serves; and Newsday Media Group with assets such as Long Island's leading daily newspaper Newsday, its popular digital products including, Newsday.com; and amNewYork, the nation's most widely circulated free daily serving New York City.

Prior to joining Cablevision, Mr. Smith worked for Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a worldwide provider of business information. An accomplished veteran of both print and electronic operations, he most recently served as chief executive officer of the company's U.S. business-to-business division, Reed Business Information (RBI), where he had leadership and operational oversight for a number of well-known brands, including Variety, Daily Variety, Publishers Weekly, Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable. He also was responsible for developing and running RBI's digital media businesses, including its extensive e-commerce operations.

Mr. Smith previously served as senior vice president of e-commerce for Starwood Resorts and Hotels Worldwide, tasked with developing and implementing a comprehensive global Internet strategy for the company. Prior to then, he was a vice president with BMG Entertainment, a subsidiary of global publisher Bertelsmann AG, where he served as head of the company's merchandising unit, and managed strategy, acquisition and restructuring for its North American business units, including Arista Records, RCA Records, BMG Direct Record Clubs and BMG Music Publishing. Mr. Smith began his business career as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc., a leading global management consulting firm, where he advised media, energy, and healthcare clients on all aspects of strategy and performance improvement.

Mr. Smith has been teaching at the Stern School of Business at New York University since 1999, where he is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Finance Department. His course, Strategy and Finance for Technology, Media, and Entertainment Companies, has been a favorite among Mr. Smith's 800+ former students.

He received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and a Horace W. Goldsmith Fellow. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he received the R.W. Van de Velde Prize. In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Smith also served on the Dean's Leadership Council of the Woodrow Wilson School.

Mr. Smith serves on the board of directors for Tribeca Enterprises. He is also a past member of the board and the executive committee of the Long Island Association, and the boards of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, the Online Publishers Association, and American Business Media. He won Folio's Executive of the Year in 2008, min's Top Executive of the Year in 2007, and Media Business' Top Innovator in 2007, and was inducted into the Digital Media Hall of Fame in 2006.

Academic Background

Harvard Business School

Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Areas of Expertise


  • Entertainment & Media