Hank J. Ratner is vice chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), a leading media, sports and entertainment company with a portfolio of renowned performance venues, entertainment properties, professional sports teams and television networks. A long-time MSG executive, Mr. Ratner assists with setting corporate direction, and works closely with MSG’s executive chairman and chief executive on the overall advancement of the company. Mr. Ratner will also be joining MSG’s board of directors.
The company's powerful and dynamic properties consist of iconic venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, California; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. In addition, MSG owns and operates professional sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty; MSG Entertainment and its entertainment properties, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, featuring the legendary Rockettes; and regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG and MSG+.
Mr. Ratner most recently served as MSG's president and chief executive officer from 2009 to 2014. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Ratner has been responsible for overseeing the overall daily operations of the business and has played a significant role in spearheading the company’s strategic initiatives and acquisitions, leading to an unprecedented period of dynamic and enduring growth for the company. Among his many achievements, he oversaw MSG’s successful spin-off from Cablevision Systems Corporation in 2010 and played a key role in bringing some of the country's landmark venues under MSG management -- The Beacon Theatre, The Chicago Theatre, the Wang Theatre and, most recently, the Forum in Inglewood, CA.
Mr. Ratner also spearheaded the top-to-bottom Transformation of the iconic Madison Square Garden Arena, which now delivers an enhanced experience for customers, athletes, entertainers, suite holders and partners. Completed in October 2013, the historic three-year project has resulted in a dramatically redesigned Seventh Avenue entrance, two unique bridges with one-of-a-kind viewing, an expanded lineup of world-class clubs and suites, food offerings from some of New York’s best chefs, and exhibits that pay homage to the building's storied history. In addition, Mr. Ratner served as the architect of the company’s integrated business approach, designed to capitalize on MSG’s unique combination of iconic venues, sports and entertainment content, and programming and distribution networks, by strategically aligning these assets to work together to deliver incomparable opportunities and exceptional experiences for partners, entertainers, customers and fans.
As chairman of The Garden of Dreams Foundation, the non-profit that works closely with The Madison Square Garden Company, Mr. Ratner has been the visionary behind the charity's commitment to "make dreams come true for children facing obstacles." Its extraordinary relationship with the company allows the Foundation to do what no other charity in the world can do – use the magic and power of MSG’s assets to create on-going, unforgettable programs that improve the lives of kids and their families. Since its inception in 2006, Garden of Dreams has worked with all areas of MSG – including the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment – to create thousands of unique and unforgettable experiences that have brightened the lives of more than 250,000 children.
Mr. Ratner also serves as vice chairman of Cablevision Systems Corporation, a position he has held since 2002. In this role, he helps to set corporate direction for the media and telecommunications company whose portfolio of operations includes a full suite of advanced digital television, voice and high-speed Internet services, and valuable local media and programming properties. Mr. Ratner began his 27-year career with Cablevision in 1987 before moving to Rainbow Media Holdings, the precursor of AMC Networks, where he rose to chief operating officer in 1998. Mr. Ratner was then promoted, four years later, to vice chairman of Cablevision before also being named vice chairman of MSG in 2003.
Before joining Cablevision, Mr. Ratner was an associate with the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell. He received a bachelor's degree and doctorate of law with distinction from Emory University.