Apple hires events director from Golden State Warriors

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Apple has hired Gail Hunter, current president of public affairs and event management for the Golden State Warriors, to take on a new role as the company's events director, according to a report on Tuesday.

The basketball team confirmed Hunter's departure, and subsequent landing at Apple, to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Hunter joined the Warriors in 2012 after a nearly 13-year stint as SVP of marketing for the NBA. Prior to that, she spent two years at the Seattle Mariners and seven years at MLB in similar marketing and events management roles.

Hunter was hired by the Warriors to assist in projects related to the team's $1 billion Chase Center arena, a multi-purpose venue scheduled to open in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco in 2019, the report said.

In a statement to the publication, the Warriors said Hunter will leave the team on Friday and join Apple on Monday, March 19.

While her position at Apple has yet to be defined publicly, Hunter will likely help with the company's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference slated to kick off at the McEnery Convention Center on June 4. Announced earlier today, this year's confab boasts over 100 technical and design-focused sessions presented by Apple engineers, hands-on labs, consultations, guest speakers and more.

Apple is expected to preview next-generation operating systems for its major platforms at the event, including iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5 and tvOS 12.

Though not confirmed, new hardware might also show up during the conference keynote. Rumors currently circulating suggest Apple could launch a refreshed 9.7-inch iPad and an entry-level MacBook in the near future.


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