Bay FC taps former Golden State Warriors marketing head to be COO

Bay FC is continuing to build out its front office — and with the latest hire, the club has poached someone from a different pro sports team in the Bay Area.

Former top Golden State Warriors marketing executive Jen Millet will be the new soccer team’s chief operating officer on Monday, the team announced on Tuesday. Her first day with Bay FC was Monday.

Millet joins after spending most of six years with Golden State, working up to becoming the Warriors’ chief marketing officer before she left for Bay FC. While she acknowledged it was hard to leave the Warriors, Bay FC provided her with a “perfect storm” to jump into women’s sports.

“I’ve had conversations in the past about working in women’s sports, and this conversation with Bay FC was the first I’ve ever had where the business case was sort of front and center,” Millet told this news organization Monday. “The approach wasn’t led with a philanthropic, mission-driven [approach] — all of that is still there, but the conversation was really about, ‘This is going to be an amazing business and women’s sports is a profitable business venture.’

“That was an empowering and inspiring mindset coming in.”

Millet was a key part of the team that has helped the Warriors capitalize on their move from Oakland to San Francisco’s Chase Center, helping to create the marketing events around the Warriors’ open area outside the area, known as Thrive City.

“Jen’s reputation for growing and elevating global sports franchises is second to none, having made a remarkable impact for the Warriors both here in the Bay Area and on the global stage,” Bay FC CEO Brady Stewart said in a statement. “As we build out the Bay FC team with top-tier talent both on and off the pitch, Jen will be an incredible asset ramping up operations to create a world-class organization.”

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