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Medfield resident named Celtics president

Posted by Martin Finucane April 18, 2007 04:22 PM

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Rich Gotham
(Globe staff photo by David Kamerman)

Rich Gotham, who grew up in Milford and now lives in Medfield, has been promoted to president of the Boston Celtics, the team announced today.

A Providence College alum, Gotham joined the Celtics as the executive vice president of sales, marketing and corporate development in April 2003 and was promoted to chief operating officer in June 2006. Prior to working for the Celtics, he had a successful career in the online media and Internet technology industries, the team said.

"Under Rich's guidance, the Boston Celtics organization has achieved great success in growing our business," chief executive and managing partner Wyc Grousbeck said in a statement.

"Like a lot of people, I've been a Boston sports fan for as long as I can remember," Gotham said in a Globe West profile last year. "Most of my early memories, the ones I cling to, are emotional feelings about sporting events."

Celtics championship teams of the 1980s, led by Larry Bird , especially stoked Gotham's passion for sports. While Gotham followed every Boston team, there was "an emotional connection" with the Celtics, he said.

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