With the Buffalo Sabers hiring a new Chief Operating Officer to lead the business side of the organization, a team executive who held a similar role stepped down.
Buffalo News announced that less than three years after being appointed Senior Vice President of the Sabers and Buffalo Bills, Mike McFarlane joined Pegula Sports & Entertainment’s Senior Leadership Team, which manages the day-to-day operations of the Sabers and Buffalo Bills. I learned that it is not. Sabers Finance and Administration. McFarlane is no longer on the team’s staff roster.
The move comes after Pegula Sports & Entertainment named John Roth to the COO role earlier this month. Roth has worked at Fidelity Investments for the past 24 years, and for the past 12 years, the owner of Sabers, he was a friend of Terry Pegula.
Sabers was not immediately available for comment.
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Bringing more than 20 years of financial and operational management experience to Pegula Sports & Entertainment, McFarlane ran the day-to-day operations of Sabers, along with financial operations for the PSE entity.
Prior to joining Pegula Sports & Entertainment, McFarlane served as CFO and member of the management team of soft-baked cookie provider Petri Baking Products, where he helped finance three major facility expansions for the Silver Creek-based company. I was directing.