SSG Sports Executive Profiles
As science, technology, engineering, arts and math dramatically impact existing and new businesses within sports and entertainment, “STEAM Sports Executive Profiles” intend to share stories about many of those who are literally changing the face of those industries. The backgrounds for these individuals are what many would call non-traditional entries into sports and entertainment, but that’s the point.
STEAM truly is changing the world of Sports & Entertainment.
Bill Schlough, SF Giants
So what does one do with a mechanical engineering degree from Duke? You become Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the San Francisco Giants, of course.
Bill Schlough has been with the Giants since 1999 and was also president of its San Jose Class A affiliate team, still serving as chairman.
Since his arrival, the Giants have been recognized as one of the most innovative teams in sports, playing a pioneering role in the world of HD video, mobile content, ticketing and payment systems. Wireless connectivity has been a primary focus since 2004 when AT&T Park became the first sports facility to provide free Wi-Fi to all fans. Schlough’s IT team has also implemented numerous proprietary analytic tools that helped secure three World Series titles so far this decade.
Schlough was recently inducted into CIO.com's CIO Hall of Fame, was named Trace3’s 2016 CIO Outlier of the Year, InformationWeek’s 2012 IT Chief of the Year and is a member of Sports Business Journal’s 2010 “Forty Under 40” class of promising young executives in the sports industry.
“I consider myself so fortunate to have found a way to blend my passions for sports and technology into a career in the sports industry,” said Schlough. “Finding a job that is truly aligned with your passion is essential to success, and I think anyone with a love of sports and a background in science, technology, engineering and math has a wealth of opportunities available to them.”