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Hawks name Steve Koonin CEO

<p>The Atlanta Hawks have named Steve Koonin as the organization's Chief Executive Officer on Monday.</p>

Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Hawks have named Steve Koonin as the organization's Chief Executive Officer on Monday.

Koonin will oversee all business, financial and strategic operations of the club and Philips Arena. Additionally, Koonin will acquire an equity position within the ownership group.

"Steve Koonin's reputation as a game changer in both marketing and media makes him the ideal leader to usher the Atlanta Hawks into a new era. He has created a legacy as an expert in sports marketing, television, branding and digital media," said Hawks Majority Owner Bruce Levenson. "The Hawks are thrilled that Steve is joining the ownership group as both our CEO and a partner."

Koonin spent the last 14 years with Turner Entertainment Networks and most recently served as the division's president. Koonin has been instrumental in the programming and media rights acquisition processes around the NBA and NCAA and has helped build strong brand franchises in "Inside the NBA" and "NBA on TNT".

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