Melissa Ormond serves as president of Madison Square Garden Entertainment and oversees all aspects of the entertainment division, including its day-to-day operations, strategic planning and new business development, new venue acquisitions, financial planning and divisional initiatives.
Melissa is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Bookings and Productions areas, which include all concert and event bookings at the company's venues, including Madison Square Garden; The Theater at Madison Square Garden; Radio City Music Hall; The Beacon Theatre; The Forum in Inglewood, California; The Chicago Theatre in Chicago; and The Wang Theater in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as all wholly-owned live entertainment properties and productions, including the Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She also oversees all marketing and brand development efforts, such as those relating to the Rockettes brand and other important divisional initiatives.
Melissa joined MSG Entertainment in 2005 as executive vice president of bookings, where she oversaw bookings for concerts, family attractions and special events. She had an immediate impact on the number and quality of the division's bookings, with record-level booking for MSGE venues in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, she was named the division's chief operating officer, where she managed all areas of business operations, including both the Bookings and Productions areas.
Prior to that, beginning in 1995, she spent ten years with House of Blues Entertainment/Universal Concerts/MCA Concerts, Los Angeles, in a variety of positions, most recently as senior vice president, where she booked concerts for the company's U.S. amphitheaters, including the then-named Universal Amphitheatre. She also promoted several national tours during that time, including blink-182's first arena/amphitheatre tour and the highly successful and critically-acclaimed Lilith Fair. Before that, she spent four years as Vice President, Talent for Delsener/Slater Enterprises in New York, where she helped turn the fledging night club booking division into a viable and profitable business.
Melissa has received numerous awards over her career, including being named one of Billboard's 2010 and 2012 "Women in Music" and was named as one of Billboard's "The Power 100" in 2013. She also serves on charitable boards, including: The Garden of Dreams Foundation – serving children facing obstacles throughout the New York Tri-State area as well as the TJ Martell Foundation, a non-profit organization, supporting innovative groundbreaking research for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.