Hewan Teshome, Kevin Melsby, Denise Russell and Jessica Sloate (Courtesy OVG)

Oak View Group names four to positions at venue set to open next year

Oak View Group and Seattle Hockey Partners on Monday named Hewan Teshome senior vice president and general counsel to OVG’s team at the New Arena at Seattle Center.

Also joining OVG is Kevin Melsby as director of arena operations, Denise Russell as director of finance and Jessica Sloate as office manager and executive assistant.

OVG is a venue development, advisory and investment company for the sports and live entertainment industries. VenuesNow is part of the OVG Media & Conferences group.

“During these unparalleled and trying times, we are fortunate to be able to continue to hire and grow our company and are pleased we can contribute, in a small part, towards economic recovery,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, in a statement. “Hewan has a proven track record of leading legal teams and will bring considerable experience to our world-class team as we look ahead and plan for the future.”

Teshome comes to OVG after three years as vice president and general counsel of Vicis, a Seattle-based sports technology company that engineers protective headgear. Before Vicis, she was vice president of business and legal affairs at SouthWest Holdings, an Ethiopia-based company with operations in hotels, real estate and beverages.

Melsby and Russell join from Olympia Entertainment, where they were director of event operations and director of finance, respectively, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Before Olympia Entertainment, Melsby was the director of operations with Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. Russell was director of finance at venue management group SMG.

NHL Seattle’s inaugural season at the New Arena at Seattle Center begins in 2021.