NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Madison Square Garden Company (Nasdaq:MSG) today announced that Scott Henry, a well-regarded executive with more than two decades of experience in creating technology solutions to drive business needs, has been named executive vice president and chief technology officer, effective immediately. Mr. Henry joins the Company from Nielsen Audio (formerly known as Arbitron), where he served as executive vice president and chief information officer.

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In this role, Mr. Henry will work with MSG's executive team on the ongoing evolution of the company's strategic vision by assisting with critical objectives related to software development, engineering and technology. This includes collaborating with the Company's businesses to help them ensure they have the infrastructure and technology framework they need to support their goals. Mr. Henry will also be responsible for exploring strategic partnerships that help ensure MSG is maximizing the value of its technology and capital investments. In addition, he will oversee all of the Company's enterprise systems, mobile devices and collection of consumer-facing Web sites.

"Scott's considerable experience in technology development will be instrumental as we focus on finding new ways to use technology to enhance our operations and drive customer awareness and engagement," said Tad Smith, president and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company. "We are fortunate to have such a seasoned professional in this important role, and look forward to having him as a part of our team as we continue to strengthen our legendary brands and pursue strategic growth opportunities that expand our businesses."

"I am honored to be joining The Madison Square Garden Company. There are very few organizations anywhere with the strength of MSG's brands, and I look forward to working with MSG's management team and employees across the company to find new innovative ways to build on MSG's position as one of the world's leading media, sports and entertainment companies," said Mr. Henry.

Mr. Henry joins MSG after spending nine years at Nielsen Audio, a leading media research company (formerly known as Arbitron), where he most recently served as executive vice president and chief information officer. During his time with the company, Mr. Henry provided technological oversight, direction and strategy for the organization, including in the areas of software development and delivery, application maintenance, data center operations and technical support. Prior to joining Arbitron in 2005, he held senior executive positions with several high-technology companies, including E5 Systems, Vitria Technology and TalkingNets. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Henry held executive positions with increasing responsibility at Verizon Communications, where he oversaw initiatives that included new billing systems, integrated customer care applications, and business process reengineering. Mr. Henry started his career as an economist and systems analyst at the U.S. Department of Labor, and also held senior positions at Price Waterhouse (now known as PwC) from 1993 to 1994 and Andersen Consulting (now known as Accenture) from 1985 to 1993. 

He earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from The College of William & Mary and did graduate work at George Mason University.

About The Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment and is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), the Westchester Knicks (NBADL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, bull riding and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company's venues. MSG Media's television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the New York Spring Spectacular, both featuring the Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company's diverse collection of venues. These venues consist of Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, The Chicago Theatre, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.

Kimberly Kerns
kimberly.kerns@msg.com / 212-465-6442