The WWE has hired Nick Khan, former co-head of television at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), as president and chief revenue officer. Announced today, Khan’s appointment comes more than six months after the sudden departures of former co-presidents George Barrios and Michelle Wilson at the end of January.
A former practicing attorney, Khan joined CAA in 2012, where he represented top TV broadcasters as well as the WWE, SEC and Top Rank Boxing. Prior to his stint at CAA, Khan spent six years at International Creative Management, where he developed the company’s sports media department.
“Nick is a seasoned media executive with a deep understanding of our business and a proven track record of generating significant value for sports and entertainment properties,” said WWE CEO Vince McMahon in a statement. “While representing WWE at CAA, he was instrumental in transforming our business model by securing domestic media rights increases of 3.6x over our previous agreements.”
In the new role at the WWE, Khan will report directly McMahon.
Khan said in a statement that the WWE is “uniquely poised to enter into an unprecedented phase of growth and expansion across all lines of business.”
Still, the novel coronavirus hasn’t left the company unscathed. While it has continued filming weekly shows throughout the pandemic, it initially did so without a live audience. In June, the WWE began slowly adding back small groups of audience members as part of an optimistic four-stage plan. Later that month, the company announced it would perform Covid-19 tests ahead of all TV productions after reports surfaced that dozens of employees had tested positive for the virus.
Also officially joining the WWE’s leadership team this week is new chief financial officer Kristina Salen, who previously held the same role at Etsy. Salen’s appointment as WWE CFO was announced last month.