John Bean steps down as CSEC president and CEO

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Changes are coming to the leadership of Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC), owners of the Calgary Flames, Wranglers, Stampeders, Hitmen, and Roughnecks. John Bean is stepping down as President and CEO, with Robert Hayes named as his successor. Additionally, Lorenzo DeCicco will join as the new Chief Operating Officer.

Bean will transition to a senior advisory role, focusing on the design and construction of the new event centre. He informed CSEC of his decision to step down last year and has been involved in the succession planning process.

Robert Hayes, who will assume his role as President and CEO on June 3, 2024, brings 35 years of experience in banking. Having lived in Calgary for the past 21 years, Hayes recently served as Managing Director of the Enterprise Strategic Client Group at the Royal Bank of Canada. He has been actively involved with Calgary Economic Development and has served on boards for the Calgary Film Centre, Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre, and Wood’s Homes Society.

“I am excited to lead CSEC and contribute to the vibrant sports community in Calgary,” Hayes said. “I look forward to building on the solid foundation that John Bean has established.”

Lorenzo DeCicco, joining as COO on June 3, 2024, comes with a robust corporate background. He is currently the Chief Commercial Officer at MET Brand Agency and METROPOLITAN Fine Printers in Vancouver. DeCicco also has significant experience in the Calgary sports community, having been a founding member and former president of Cavalry FC. He has held board positions with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Calgary Foothills Soccer Club, and the TELUS Community Board, and served as Senior Executive Vice-President at TELUS.

“Joining CSEC is an incredible opportunity to influence the future of sports in Calgary,” DeCicco stated. “I am eager to bring my experience and passion to the team.”

Bean’s transition marks the end of a significant era for CSEC. Under his leadership, the organisation saw considerable growth and development. As he steps into his new advisory role, Bean will ensure a smooth transition and continue to influence the future of Calgary’s sports infrastructure.

The appointments of Hayes and DeCicco signal a new chapter for CSEC as it continues to enhance its presence in the sports and entertainment sectors in Calgary and beyond.