Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer
Jonathan Gilula has served as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the Boston Red Sox since February of 2018. In 2019, Gilula enters his 22nd season in Major League Baseball and 17th as a member of the Boston Red Sox organization. In his role, Gilula oversees Business Operations for the Club including: ballpark operations, event operations, fan services, game entertainment, video productions, special events, Fenway Park Tours, ballpark planning and development and Florida business operations.
Over the course of his tenure in Boston, Gilula has played an instrumental role in a wide range of the club's business ventures. Such activities have ranged from enhancing the game day operations and customer service at Fenway Park, improving the quality and expanding the menu of food and beverage offerings through work with Aramark, the ballpark's concessionaire, to planning and implementing non-traditional, ancillary uses of Fenway Park that have resulted in a series of popular and historic events over the past 15 years. Most notably, Gilula has led the club's effort to preserve, protect and enhance Fenway Park, which celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2012 and is the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. During the 10-year major annual improvement process that began in 2002 and was formally completed in 2011, the team added capacity, created space for new fan-friendly features and amenities, and improved the infrastructure both within and around the ballpark. Such projects include the Green Monster Seats, the Right Field Roof, the EMC and State Street Pavilion levels, and the installation of state-of-the-art high-definition video displays and scoring systems.
Gilula oversaw the design, construction and business planning of JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the Red Sox Spring Training and player development complex in Lee County, FL which opened for the 2012 spring training season. The complex, a state-of-the-art, single-site facility designed to meet the long-term needs of the organization and to create the premier spring training complex for both players and fans, has received critical acclaim and was nominated by Sports Business Journal as Sports Facility of the Year in 2013.
In addition to his Red Sox responsibilities, Gilula also assumes a leadership role in coordinating all of Fenway Sports Group's real estate activities, serving as Managing Director of FSG Real Estate. In this capacity, he is the day to day point person responsible for planning and implementing FSG's real estate strategy around both Fenway Park and JetBlue Park.
Originally joining the Red Sox in October 2002 as Special Assistant to former President/CEO Larry Lucchino, Gilula worked on a number of special projects including the Fenway Park Improvements and the refurbishment of the previous home to the Red Sox spring training facilities in Lee County, FL. He also managed the original construction of the Red Sox Baseball Academy in the Dominican Republic which is now undergoing an improvement/expansion project that will be completed in 2019.
The start of his baseball career dates back to June 1998, when Lucchino, then President/CEO of the San Diego Padres, hired Gilula to work on the planning and development of the team's forthcoming ballpark and its surrounding neighborhood. As Director of Ballpark Development, Gilula was a member of the leadership team that coordinated the design and construction of Petco Park, the home of the Padres, which opened in downtown San Diego in 2004. Gilula currently serves as the President of the Board of the Fenway Park Living Museum Fund, a non-profit organization created in 2012 to promote public awareness and education about the history of Fenway Park. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pan-Mass Challenge, the nation's largest athletic fundraiser, which has raised $654 million for cancer research and treatment through the Jimmy Fund since its inception in 1980. In January 2011, Gilula was selected as one of Sports Business Journal's "40 Under 40" Award recipients, an honor that recognized him as one of the best young talents in the business of sports.
Born in New York City, NY, Gilula grew up in La Jolla, CA. He graduated with a degree in Politics from Princeton University in 1998, where he was captain of the varsity tennis team and named First Team All-Ivy League in 1997 and 1998.
Jonathan resides in Chestnut Hill, MA with his wife, Robin, their daughter, Brin, and son, Cameron.