Apple has hired Gail Hunter, the Golden State Warriors’ vice president of public affairs and event management, as director of events, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California.
Hunter joined the Warriors in 2012 to help the team’s community efforts related to the construction of the $1 billion Chase Center, set to open in 2019.
Prior to joining the NBA in 1999, Hunter served as the director of Corporate Marketing for the Seattle Mariners, where she was in charge of corporate sponsorship sales, corporate development, marketing, and ballpark planning for Safeco Field. Before joining the Mariners, she spent seven years (1991-98) as director of Promotional Events for Major League Baseball, where she developed and managed baseball’s premier All-Star event, All-Star Fan Fest.
Hunter earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983 in theatre arts from the Fredonia campus of the State University of New York and earned her law degree from the University of North Carolina in 1986. A member of the Washington State Bar, she practiced with the firm of Schweppe, Krug and Tausend in Seattle before beginning her sports business career in 1989 as the Assistant Director of Championships for the NCAA.