In a statement released by the Sixers on Tuesday morning, Chris Heck announced he would step down as the organization’s president of business operations at the end of June.
Heck joined the Sixers in 2013 as director of sales and marketing and has served as president of business operations since 2017.
“I would like to thank the leadership of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment for this incredible professional opportunity to lead one of the most important brands in professional sports,” Heck said in the Sixers statement. “The past nine years have been the most rewarding and challenging of my professional career. Alongside incredible colleagues, we’ve filled our booths with passionate fans, created memories to last a lifetime, and earned the support and loyalty of dozens of world-class partners. Thank you to our extremely talented Sixers marketing, sales and sponsorship team – you are the best in the business. And above all, thank you Philadelphia fans, you really are the best in the world. »
Heck, a Villanova graduate, previously served as president of business operations for Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls and worked in the NBA league office.
Scott O’Neil, who also started with the Sixers in 2013, stepped down as CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, owner of the Sixers and New Jersey Devils, last June. HBSE hired former Rockets CEO Tad Brown to fill that opening.
Josh Harris remains the Sixers’ managing partner, David Blitzer the organization’s co-managing partner.
“We deeply appreciate Chris’s contributions and leadership over the past nine years,” Harris and Blitzer said in the team statement. “He was instrumental in growing our business and helping establish the 76ers as a truly global brand. Most importantly, Chris had a passion for ensuring the team used his platform to make an impact. positive impact on the Philadelphia community. We wish him much success in the future and thank him for his dedication to the team and the city.
Heck told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer he “made that decision in February” and discussed it with Harris and Blitzer for months.
On the basketball operations side, things will be busy for the Sixers (and the NBA in general) over the next month. The Sixers have the 23rd pick in the NBA Draft, which will be held June 23 in Brooklyn. Free agency will begin on July 1.