North American esports organisation Pittsburgh Knights has announced the hiring of Julie
Klausner as its new Director of Partnership Marketing.
In her new role, Klausner will ‘help build the future of professional gaming in Pittsburgh and beyond’, bringing 20 years of sports partnership experience to the table.
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Prior to joining Knights, Klausner served as an independent consultant through her own firm, JK Consultants, Inc. As Senior Marketing Manager for the Pittsburg Penguins, she was part of a Partnership Sales team that led the negotiations, planning, execution, tracking and reporting of 160 contractual partnerships.
Other career highlights include Rahal Letterman Racing, and Major League Baseball, as well as collaborating with corporate clients like PNC, IBM, Shell, Toyota, Motorola, and more.
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Knights president James O’Connor said: “As someone who shares my passion, vision, and mission to help build professional sports teams in the city of Pittsburgh, I’m thrilled to have Julie join our team to help the Knights grow and thrive—continuing to bring championships to the city.”
Klausner will help coordinate key partnerships for the organisation and manage existing collaborations, including those with PNC Bank, HyperX, Boost Gaming, ExpressVPN, SeolHaeOne Prince parent company Absolute Power eSports (APE) and more.
Esports Insider says: The Knights have been on a roll with partnerships lately, and the hiring of Julie Klausner will help navigate the organisation through the intricacies of brand relationships. She also joins the team at a key time to help lead diversity initiatives such as its all-female VALORANT tournament with Beautyblender and an equity platform in the works with PNC Bank.