John Bean stepping down as CSEC president and CEO, with new hires announced

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Changes are on the way at the top of Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation.

On Monday afternoon, the company that owns the Calgary Flames, Wranglers, Stampeders, Hitmen and Roughnecks announced that Robert Hayes will be taking over as its new president and CEO.

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Lorenzo DeCicco will also be CSEC’s new Chief Operation Officer.

John Bean will be stepping down as the company’s president and CEO but staying on in a senior advisory role with respect to the design and construction of the new event centre.

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Bean informed CSEC ownership that he would be stepping down last year and has been involved in the process of filling all three roles.

Hayes joins CSEC as president and CEO having spent the past 35 years in banking. He’s lived in Calgary for the past 21 years and comes to CSEC after working as managing director of the Enterprise Strategic Client Group, Royal Bank of Canada. He’s the current audit committee chair with Calgary Economic Development and has sat on boards for the Calgary Film Centre, Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre and Wood’s Homes Society.

Robert Hayes is joining CSEC as its new president and CEO. Wil Andruschak/Postmedia

DeCicco, meanwhile, becomes CSEC’s new COO after a corporate career that sees him currently working as the Chief Commercial Officer with MET Brand Agency and METROPOLITAN Fine Printers in Vancouver.

He has experience with the Calgary sports world, too, and was a founding member and former president of Cavalry FC. He’s been a board member with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Calgary Foothills Soccer Club and the TELUS Community Board, also holding the title of senior executive vice-president with TELUS.

Lorenzo DeCicco
Lorenzo DeCicco will be CSEC’s new COO. Wil Andruschak/Postmedia

Both Hayes and DeCicco will begin their new roles on June 3.

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