Hugh Weber, one of the longest-running executives at Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, announced Monday morning that he is stepping away from the organization this summer.
Weber, who was appointed to the role of HBSE president in the fall of 2019, previously served as president of the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center since the franchise and arena were acquired in August 2013.
Since then, he has helped the arena and the company to substantial growth in New Jersey, the U.S. and around the globe. Weber also has been instrumental in the company’s philosophy of developing people leaders in a culture committed to community and innovation — especially in Newark, where he often served as the company’s point of contact.
Weber’s future plans are unclear.
“I am honored and humbled that Josh Harris and David Blitzer entrusted me to help build and lead their sports and entertainment business nine years ago,” Weber said in a release. “Playing a role in the growth of our teams, venues, community partners and, most importantly, the people, who comprise HBSE, has brought me great pride. HBSE is in the hands of some of the industry’s best and brightest, and it’s time for me to transition on to my next challenge.
“I want to thank Josh and David for their friendship and confidence in our leadership team and their accomplishments, while treating me and my family as part of their families throughout my time here. While we achieved much, there are even greater goals and possibilities with incredible people in place to continue to grow. I am grateful for the relationships I have gained during my time here — those who comprise our teams, partners, fans and the dedicated people in our communities. I understand the unique power of sports and entertainment, and it was a privilege to engage our teams, venues and communities as one. I look forward to my next role with excitement and enthusiasm, and I know the experience and learnings I gained from my time at HBSE will serve me well in the future.”
HBSE co-founder Josh Harris returned the compliments.
“Hugh has represented HBSE as one of the sports industry’s most respected and innovative executives, and he had an immediate and invigorating impact on the overall culture of our organization,” Harris said. “His focus on both the business and community will have a long-lasting, positive effect on Newark, Philadelphia, Camden and the surrounding areas that HBSE serves. Whatever project he decides to tackle next, we all know that he will do so with his trademark enthusiasm and driving spirit on the way to future success.”
HBSE co-founder David Blitzer agreed.
“The entire organization is indebted to Hugh for his tremendous influence across all facets of our business,” he said. “His forward-thinking vision, astute judgment, engaging personality and track record in building and developing incredible leaders has left an indelible mark on our employees, partners, fans and community.
“We thank him for that leadership and offer our full support on his next professional endeavor.”