VP, Corporate Partnerships
Mike Kitts is currently in his seventh season with the Golden State Warriors organization, his second as vice president of corporate partnerships. In his current role, Kitts has oversight of the Warriors’ sales, development, and insight teams, where he is charged with driving new sales and renewals of existing partners. Kitts is also tasked with providing the vision and execution for the team’s long term planning, which includes forging partnerships for Chase Center, the Warriors’ state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex currently under construction in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood and set to open for the 2019-20 season.
Kitts has successfully led the corporate partnerships sales team with some of the organization’s largest and most high profile partnerships, including the club’s jersey sponsorship with Rakuten, a global e-commerce company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, which began in the 2017-18 season. Under Kitts’ leadership, the Warriors have been consistently recognized as one of the top teams in the NBA in corporate partnership account growth, account performance and category performance.
Kitts’ resume includes over a decade of marketing and sports experience, with stints at Learfield Sports, a sports marketing firm, and the San Diego Sports Commission, where he served as director of business development. The San Diego native earned his bachelor’s degree in business management at Lynn University and his MBA from the sports management program at San Diego State University.