Executive Vice President/Business Affairs
Jonathan Gilula has served as Executive Vice President/Business Affairs since October 2009. In 2017, Gilula enters his 20th season in Major League Baseball and 15th as a member of the Boston Red Sox organization. Gilula oversees all business operations for the club including: ballpark operations, event operations, fan services, game entertainment, video production, information technology, special events, and Florida business operations. He also manages the relationships between the Red Sox and important business partners, such as Aramark, Fenway Park's concessionaire, and Twins '47, the operator of the Official Red Sox Team Stores.
Gilula has played a key management role in the club's effort to preserve and protect Fenway Park, which celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2012. 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 also assumes a lead role in coordinating the club's real estate activities, which have focused on ensuring that development activities in the surrounding Fenway neighborhood are complementary to the ballpark. To that end, he has negotiated agreements that have resulted in the addition of popular year-round restaurants such as Game On!, the Bleacher Bar and Tony C's Sports Bar & Grill.
Gilula is an active participant in the planning and implementation of non-traditional, ancillary uses of Fenway Park that have resulted in a series of popular and historic events over the past 15 years. Such events have included: a schedule of sold-out annual summer concerts, including a record number of 11 total shows held in 2016 that featured Dead and Company, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Pearl Jam, Billy Joel, Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean; several outdoor ice hockey games highlighted by the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and four series of Frozen Fenway college games played in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2017; and world class soccer with three exhibition games since 2010, the most recent of which a sold out match between internationally renowned Liverpool Football Club and A.S. Roma in July, 2014. During the 2015-2016 off-season Gilula played a vital role in the preparation and execution of three very distinctive events at Fenway Park. On November 21, 2015, Notre Dame played Boston College in Notre Dame's annual Shamrock Series football game in front of a sell-out crowd, the first football game played at Fenway Park since 1968. One day later the classic Irish game of hurling made a triumphant return to Fenway Park after more than 60 years as the ballpark played host to the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival that featured an exhibition match between Dublin and Galway. And finally, in February, 2016 the Red Sox partnered with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to host Polartec Big Air at Fenway, where some of the world's top skiers and snowboarders competed in an officially sanctioned US Grand Prix Tour event on a 140-foot high, 430 foot long snow ramp constructed on the playing field towering high over the Green Monster.
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.
Originally joining the Red Sox in October 2002 as Special Assistant to the President/CEO, Gilula worked on a number of special projects including the annual Fenway Park Improvements, the refurbishment of the previous homes to the Red Sox spring training facilities in Lee County, FL, and the construction of the Red Sox Academy in the Dominican Republic.
Gilula began his baseball career in June 1998, when Larry Lucchino, then President/CEO of the San Diego Padres, hired him 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 was born in New York City, NY and 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. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Pan-Mass Challenge, the nation's largest athletic fundraiser, which has raised $547 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.
Jonathan resides in Boston with his wife, Robin, their daughter, Brin, and son, Cameron.