Cassaday being wooed to replace Leiweke

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Source: Canadian TV Exec approached by MLSE to replace Leiweke

John Cassaday
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

 

By Rick Westhead

January 13, 2015
As Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment spends the coming week interviewing prospective candidates to replace chief executive Tim Leiweke, buzz is building within the company’s executive ranks and sports business industry that the CEO of a public Canadian media company may be the best fit for the high-pressure job.

John Cassaday, CEO of Toronto based radio and television broadcaster Corus Entertainment, has been approached by MLSE and discussed the position with company officials, a person familiar with the matter confirmed to TSN.

Cassaday, who once worked for former MLSE CEO Richard Peddie, is well known and highly regarded in the Toronto media industry. Besides being CEO of Corus, whose assets include YTV, HBO Canada and Treehouse, Cassaday sits on the boards of Sysco Corp. and Manulife Financial Corp.

 

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