Former Friars Play Different Roles in NBA Finals



Joe McCormack ‘77 is Senior Vice President for Finance/CFO of the Lakers;

Rich Gotham ‘86 is Team President of the Celtics.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics will meet for the 12th time in the NBA Finals when Game 1 tips off on Thursday, June 3 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on ABC.  Considered by many as the fiercest sports rivalry of all-time, the Lakers and Celtics have combined to win 32 of the NBA's 63 World Championships.  When the two teams clash in the finals Thursday, two Providence College alums will be sitting on opposite sides of the rivalry.  They each hold front office positions with their respective franchises.  Joe McCormack ‘77 is Senior Vice President (Finance) and the Chief Financial Officer for the Lakers, while Rich Gotham ‘86 serves as Team President for the Celtics.


McCormack is in the midst of his 21st season as Senior VP/CFO for the Lakers and the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League.  He is responsible for the franchise's financial, tax and strategic planning, human resources, risk management, information technology, facilities management and team and League related administrative matters.  He also has been involved in many areas of the sports entertainment industry, including professional boxing, professional soccer, professional tennis, professional roller hockey, professional volleyball, concerts, arena management and Pay-Per-View events.  McCormack has completed numerous sports and real estate financial transactions over the years and has participated in the purchase and sale of various sports properties.


Prior to starting his career in sports, McCormack was a manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  He is a member of the California Society of CPAs as well as the AICPA.  He graduated from Providence College in 1977 with a bachelor of science in accounting.


Gotham is in the midst of his seventh season with the 17-time world Champion Boston Celtics and his third season as Team President.  He is responsible for all aspects of the Celtics business operations, including sales, marketing, customer service, communications, corporate partnerships, business development, game entertainment, community and public relations, broadcast partnerships and arena relations.  Additionally, he works closely with Celtics' ownership, basketball operations staff and the NBA on player transactions, as well as team and league related initiatives.  He succeeded Arnold “Red” Auerbach as Celtics' Team President.


Gotham joined the organization in 2003 as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Corporate Development.  He was promoted to Team President in 2007.  He graduated from Providence in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree in marketing.  Gotham is a member of Providence College's Varsity Athletics Board and he is a member of the College's Boston President's Council.