In his second season with the organization, Kevin Gilmore was appointed Chief Operating Officer with the Montreal Canadiens on April 7, 2011. As Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for several key areas of the business, including corporate sales, marketing and sales, communications and also oversees the development of major projects while working in close collaboration with club owner and team president Geoff Molson.
Before joining the Canadiens, Gilmore headed the Socal Soccer City Holdings, LLC, a private management firm with oversight of the California-based sports facility he founded back in 2009. From 2006 to 2009, he was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategic Planning with the Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc., (AEG).
As such, he looked after all new business development initiatives for AEG’s overall world operations, including the management of venues, professional sports teams and the promotion of shows. He was responsible for financial analysis, recommendations to the Board of Directors, negotiations and implementation in connection with all new business opportunities at AEG. He played a important role in the development and implementation of AEG’s Asia strategy and was a key member of the Executive Committee charged with general oversight and corporate governance of all AEG affairs worldwide.
Between 1999 and 2006, Kevin Gilmore served as the Los Angeles Kings’ Vice President of Hockey Operations while still fulfilling his duties as Governor and General Manager of the Manchester Monarchs – the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate team. Among his responsibilities he assisted the Club’s President and General Manager in all aspects of the club’s hockey operations, including player personnel evaluations and decisions, five-year financial planning and player forecasts as well as professional and amateur scouting. With his legal background and extensive knowledge of the financial structures in sports, he prepared and negotiated all player contracts as well as all player salary arbitration matters.
As Team Governor and General Manager of the Manchester Monarchs, a position he held simultaneously while with the Kings, he elaborated a player development strategy for the L.A. Kings with a goal of fully owning and controlling its minor league affiliate and negotiated the acquisition of the franchise in Manchester. Under his tenure, the team qualified for the playoffs in every season since inception and led the AHL in attendance in 2002-03 and 2003-04.
In 1998, Gilmore founded Professional Sports Advisors Group and presided and operated the sports consulting firm with clients involved in three of the four major professional sports leagues in North America (NHL, MLB and NFL).
From 1993 to 1998, he was Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Anaheim Sports, Inc., owners of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Anaheim Angels baseball club overlooking all legal aspects of the operations of the NHL and MLB teams, as well as the Anaheim Stadium and all legal matters relating to the operations, including licensing matters, advertising and broadcasting rights. Gilmore also assisted the General Managers for both the hockey club and the baseball club in player personnel evaluations and decisions and in the negotiations of all player contracts. He was also entrusted with additional responsibilities with the team operations, sales and marketing and stadium operations.
Before joining The Walt Disney Company in 1991 as corporate counsel, Kevin Gilmore was an associate with Latham & Watkins law firm in Los Angeles. He launched his law career with Martineau Walker, attorneys, in Montreal. Completing his Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) from the University of Ottawa in 1987 after receiving a License in Civil Laws in 1986. In 2007, he earned a Certificate of Completion, Finance for Executives from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.