Chief Operating Officer
Geoffrey P. Wharton enters his second season as Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wharton oversees all business operations of the Dodgers, including marketing, sponsorships, ticket sales, stadium operations, finance, communications, legal affairs and all administrative and support functions. He is also responsible for the Next 50 project, which is designed to ensure Dodger Stadium's place as the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the next 50 years.
Wharton was formerly a Senior Managing Director of the international real estate firm, Tishman Speyer Properties. During his first years with the company, he directed the firm's leasing activities in the United States and Germany. He was the partner in charge of the venture that redeveloped, leased and managed Rockefeller Center as well as leading its events program which included the nationally televised Christmas Tree Lighting, the world acclaimed Louis Vuitton Car Class, the annual spring sculpture exhibit and the collaboration with NBC's Today Show that produced the outdoor concert series. He also directed the company's restoration of the Chrysler Building and the redevelopment of the adjacent Kent Building, which included Philip Johnson's architectural intervention between the two buildings to create the Chrysler Center. He led the company's early visioning for the new Yankee Stadium.
Wharton served as the Managing Director for the venture that controlled the World Trade Center. Following the events of September 11, 2001, he led the venture's master planning efforts for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site and the design, development and approval process for 7 World Trade Center which remains the only new office building constructed on the site.
Wharton was the President of Douglas Elliman, one of New York City's largest residential real estate brokerage firms, where he directed the reorganization of the company and its sale and transition from a subsidiary of a public company to private ownership.
More recently, he has collaborated with and consulted to major real estate owners on the master planning and development of large-scale urban projects in New York City, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, New Orleans and Los Angeles.
Wharton graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor's degree in political science and from the New York University School of Law with a JD degree. He served as Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York and a trustee of the LIJ-North Shore Healthcare System, the Parson's School of Design, Muhlenberg College and The Educational Alliance.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Susan. He has a son, James, and a daughter-in-law, Sara.
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