Sports & Exposition Authority head leaving

Dennis R. Robinson is departing as President and CEO of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority effective Jan. 2 to become Chief Operations Officer of The Grand Prix of America, working on bringing Formula One racing to New Jersey in West New York and Weehawken starting in 2013, according to an announcement by the Authority today.

Robinson has served as CEO since December 2007.

“Dennis Robinson served the Sports Authority and the state with distinction during his tenure at the NJSEA.  His leadership and management were a critical part of implementing the recommendations of the Hanson Commission as we move toward a self sustaining, economically viable sports industry and a redefined role for the NJSEA,”  Governor Chris Christie said in a release.

The NJSEA under Robinson saw the transition of the former Xanadu/American Dream Meadowlands project to Triple Five and assisted in the successful bid to host the 2014 Super Bowl.

The Chief Executive of the NJSEA leads the independent state Authority that operates IZOD Center, Meadowlands Racetrack, Monmouth Park Racetrack, oversees the Wildwoods Convention Center and provides major support services for MetLife Stadium and the American Dream Meadowlands project. Robinson served in senior management positions at the NJSEA from 1990-1997.

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Sports & Exposition Authority head leaving