The Nashville Predators’ chief operating officer and recently promoted president and alternate governor Michelle Kennedy recently did a Q&A with the Nashville Business Journal for their Women of Influence series.
While hockey operations and the on-ice product always take a front seat when it comes to NHL franchises, the inner workings of a team can be much more complex than one might think. Kennedy has been at the forefront of Nashville hockey but rarely finds herself in the spotlight. She gives some good insight into what her roles entail.
Chairman Herb Fritch and CEO Sean Henry announced today that Michelle Kennedy, currently COO for the Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, and SS&E, will assume the additional titles of President and Alternate Governor, effective immediatelyhttps://t.co/URBSdluxbu— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) July 14, 2023
Kennedy, who got her start with the Predators as an intern, has slowly worked her way to one of the top positions in the organization, seeking to move the franchise forward as majority ownership transitions to former Tennessee governor Bill Haslam.
One can expect to believe a new age of Predators hockey is being welcomed as organizational transition is happening across the board from hockey operations to executive leadership. This is not Kennedy’s first rodeo, and she seems plenty prepared to move the franchise forward.
Nashville Hockey Now will be looking back over the next few weeks at the career of former general manager David Poile. The first story in our series reflects on the five best trades Poile made (spoiler alert: Filip Forsberg is pretty high on the list).
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