Michael Sileck Named New Chief Financial Officer For World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 19, 2005–World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. today named Michael Sileck to be its new Chief Financial Officer and the newest member of its Board of Directors.
Sileck’s most recent position was Senior Vice President and CFO of Monster Worldwide, Inc., where he led a streamlining and rationalization of the company’s various operating units and a successful spin-off of the Executive Search and Staffing Divisions into a separate public company, which resulted in a shareholder value increase of more than $1 billion. He served as CFO and Senior Vice President for USA Networks, Inc., from 1999 to 2002, which included responsibility for financial activities of all corporate assets including USA Networks, Sci-Fi Network, Home Shopping Network (HSN), Ticketmaster, USA Studios and USA Films. Prior to USA, Sileck was Vice President of Finance for Sinclair Broadcasting from 1996 to 1999, where he was responsible for all financial operations for this 60-television and 50-radio station group. He has held finance and business positions with several media companies, including River Broadcasting of St. Louis, Narraganset Television LLP of Providence, R. I., and WKTVY-TV, the NBC affiliate based in Oklahoma City.
“We are very pleased to have Michael join the WWE® team as CFO. Not only will Michael bring his prior financial expertise in the business of entertainment, television, and digital media, but he will also add to operations support and contribute significantly to strategic initiatives development. We look forward to Michael’s involvement as WWE continues to expand its presence in the entertainment business around the globe,” said Linda McMahon, WWE CEO.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE – News) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com.
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