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Cliff Viner Becomes Florida Panthers General Partner, Chairman & CEO

Stu Siegel returns to former role as Limited Partner after helping to shape the organization’s strategy for future success

Friday, 07.23.2010 / 3:00 PM / News
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SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced today that Cliff Viner has taken over as General Partner, Chairman & CEO of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club and the BankAtlantic Center, effective immediately. Viner will now be solely responsible for all decisions as it relates to SSE and all of its operating entities.

Viner had occupied the role of Chairman and Co-General Partner with Stu Siegel since Nov. 2009, but Siegel will now return to his former role as Limited Partner, remain as Chairman of the Florida Panthers Foundation and assume the role of NHL Alternate Governor, while also focusing on other business opportunities.

“First of all I would like to thank Stu for his contributions in reshaping the business strategy of SSE during the recent transition period,” Viner said. “As Stu turns his focus to other business opportunities, I am confident that the decisions we have made over the last eight months have put us in position to reach our goals and achieve success. With General Manager Dale Tallon leading our franchise, and President & COO Michael Yormark at the helm of our business operations and entertainment offerings, I am extremely excited about the future of this organization.”

Since November 2009, Viner has led a major organizational shift that includes the hiring of renowned General Manager Dale Tallon, reengagement of the Panthers history through the Den of Honor and alumni involvement, a focus on “Accountability, Accessibility and Winning Culture”, and the unveiling of SSE’s Pledge and Contract With The Community.

Terms of the new partnership arrangement are subject to regular NHL approvals and consents.

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