VP, Marketing & Digital
Doug Bentz is in his 14th season with the San Jose Sharks organization and his fourth as Vice President, Marketing & Digital. In his current role, Bentz is responsible for strategic planning and execution related to all of the organization’s marketing efforts including brand marketing and creative, performance marketing, digital experience, content production, live event production, fan engagement, and fan development. He also serves as the Board President of the Sharks Foundation, the Sharks non-profit arm. He is also heavily involved in the organization’s corporate strategy and culture development.
During his tenure with the Sharks, the organization has been recognized with several awards including a Northern California Emmy Award for the “Sharks For Life” commercial campaign in 2017, a J.D. Power Award for Overall Fan Experience in the Bay Area in 2017, and the IDEA Golden Matrix Award for Best Game Presentation in Hockey in 2017.
Prior to being named vice president, Bentz served as the team’s Director of Marketing & Digital Media from 2008-2014. Bentz joined the Sharks in 2005 as a Marketing Manager. Before joining the Sharks, he worked at the National Basketball Association in the Marketing Partnership division as well as at two advertising agencies, TMP Worldwide and Mediasmith, Inc.
A San Diego native, Bentz graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999 with a degree in business administration. He has a passion for the community highlighted by a 5,400 mile cross-country bicycle ride in 2004 through which he raised $18,000 for the Make-A-Wish organization. He lives in Danville with his wife Alli and their son Frank and daughter Lucy.