Since 2014-15, African-American fans have had the highest growth rate among NHL fans. As a crucial step in the NHL’s efforts to connect with that phenomenon and monetize and capitalize on that increase in people of color participating in hockey and viewing it, The NHL today announced that Kim Davis has been named Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs.
According to NHL.com, Ms. Davis will join the NHL on Dec. 4, and will be based in the league’s New York office, reporting to Commissioner Gary Bettman and collaborating across the league’s clubs and stakeholders.”
The @NHL announced that Kim Davis has been named Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs. In 2012, she was profiled with First Lady Michelle Obama in Essence magazine’s “28 Most Influential Black Women in America. https://t.co/BmMvodPnIT
“The impact of sports on community development can be powerful,” said Davis, a highly respected leader in the corporate and philanthropic community. “Sport can, and does, make a profound and positive impact on individuals, communities and has the opportunity to drive positive social change. Having had the privilege of advising the NHL on its CSR practices, I’ve experienced an organization that is truly committed to contributing positively to society and fostering inclusiveness
Congratulations to Kim Davis, C’81, who was recently appointed as executive vice president of social impact, growth initiatives & legislative affairs of @NHL. https://t.co/mDDG7IlDvH
Davis has an impressive and extensive business background as a coveted and respected advisor to many Fortune 500 companies, most specifically in the areas of corporate responsibility and inclusive leadership practice. She’s a money maker, spreading wealth with a commitment to civic duty. She’s also now a barrier-breaker who will help mold the future of the NHL.
59 years after Willie O’Ree of @NHLBruins broke @NHL color line, Kim Davis is named an executive vice president of the professional hockey league. https://t.co/42xhJDyzrh This is huge! by #HistoryLivesDet
Davis has been named to The Business Journal’s 100 Most Influential Women and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. In 2012, she was profiled with First Lady Michelle Obama in Essence magazine’s 28 Most Influential Black Women in America.
Its now official that the NHL is not only coming for the African-American audience, but the community as well, and Kim Davis will be leading the charge.