RORY A. BABICH
President, CEO, & Alternate Governor
Rory A. Babich, a long-time international business executive, has been serving as the CEO and President of the Florida Panthers since March 2014 after initially joining the Panthers as the Special Advisor to the Owner in January 2014.
Babich is responsible for overseeing all business and hockey operations for the Panthers, the Panthers IceDen (the official practice facility of the Florida Panthers) and BB&T Center. Since his appointment, Babich has focused extensively on developing new strategies that are targeted at, among other things, the team’s marketing, international brand awareness exposure, ticket pricing, corporate partnerships, digital media, web content and community outreach. Among his early achievements are enhancing commercial broadcasts, simplified ticket plans, an expanded community outreach program that features closer collaboration with local schools on different initiatives, an upcoming expansion of youth hockey programs in South Florida and the relaunch of Panthers Fan Fest.
Before joining the Panthers, Babich served as a consultant to Messrs. Viola and Cifu in connection with their purchase of the Florida Panthers in September 2013. Previously, Babich worked as an executive with the liquid markets funds business of Fortress Investment Group, a publicly traded company, where he helped lead the business through the financial crisis, restructure the business, expand its product offerings to investors and increase its geographical scope through international expansion, eventually becoming its Chief Operating Officer responsible for running the day-to- day business.
Babich joined Fortress Investment Group after working as an executive with Swiss Re Group, one of the world’s largest reinsurers where Mr. Babich was a member of the leadership team responsible for managing a large portion of the Group’s global public and private investment portfolio and helped lead the international expansion of its alternative investments business.
Babich began his career as an international corporate attorney at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison where he worked in their New York, Hong Kong (which office he helped open) and Tokyo offices working on a wide range on global transactions for a number of different clients in a variety of industries before being recruited by his client Swiss Re to join them.
An avid sports fan and long-time hockey follower, Babich was born in New York, New York and grow up in New Jersey. He graduated with a B.A. In Economics from Rutgers University and earned his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School.