Mike Kitts

Senior Vice President, Partnerships, Golden State Warriors

Mike Kitts begins his ninth season with the Warriors, his second as the Senior Vice President of  Partnerships. Kitts, promoted to his current position on September 30, 2019, served as vice president of  corporate partnerships for the three seasons prior to that. In his current role, Kitts oversees the  Warriors’ sales, development, and insight teams, and he is responsible for all strategy and revenue  which includes all of the company-owned properties – Golden State Warriors (NBA), Chase Center, Santa  Cruz Warriors (G League), Golden Guardians (League of Legends) and Warriors Gaming Squad (NBA 2K  League). Kitts is also tasked with providing the vision and execution for the team’s long-term planning  for Chase Center, the Warriors’ state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex located in San  Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. Under Kitts’ guidance, the organization has created a Founding  Partnership program for Chase Center which includes top-brands including Accenture, Adobe, Google  Cloud, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Kaiser Permanente, Oracle, PepsiCo, Rakuten, RingCentral,  Ticketmaster, United Airlines and Verizon, along with naming rights partner JPMorgan Chase. This past  season, the Warriors once again led the league in corporate partnership revenue. 

In 2017, Kitts led the organization’s efforts tied to the NBA’s inaugural jersey badge program, which  resulted in a league leading partnership with Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten. With this notable  partnership and others, the Warriors have been consistently recognized as one of the top teams in the  NBA in several categories in revenue performance, including corporate partnership account growth,  account performance and category performance. 

Kitts’ resume includes over 15 years of marketing and sports experience, with stints at Learfield Sports, a  sports marketing firm, and the San Diego Sports Commission, where he served as Director of Business  Development. 

The San Diego native earned his bachelor’s degree in business management at Lynn University and his MBA from the sports management program at San Diego State University. He received the honor of  “Distinguished Alumni of the Year” at both universities.