The San Francisco 49ers are in the business of winning football games, but as they get ready to officially set up their entire operation in Santa Clara, the 49ers are putting together a veritable All-Star team of Silicon Valley talent in the front office. The latest addition is Kunal Malik as Chief Technology Officer. Malik comes to the 49ers from Facebook where he created their current IT department.
This move follows the promotion of Gideon Yu to President of the 49ers. Yu came over from Silicon Valley as well, having served as Chief Financial Officer for both Facebook and YouTube, as well as having worked as Senior VP and Treasurer of Yahoo! You can view more details at Kunal Malik's LinkedIn page, as well as Gideon Yu's LinkedIn page.
Malik will be in charge of all technology efforts for the team, as well as in the new Santa Clara stadium. As the team continues to add this kind of non-football front office talent, it seems like we could be looking at a pretty unbelievable stadium. We don't have many details as to what kind of technology will be available in the new stadium, but given the Silicon Valley presence, I've got to think it will be quite impressive. It is safe to say the 49ers stadium will be at the forefront of the league for its technological presence.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers President Gideon Yu announced today that Kunal Malik, one of Silicon Valley's leading technology experts, will be joining the organization. Malik will serve as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and starts this new position May 1. As the CTO, he'll lead all technology efforts for the club as well as the new Santa Clara stadium.
"We have set very high goals for what we want the Santa Clara stadium to be in terms of innovation, technology and user experience," said Yu. "To achieve those goals, we need a leader with an incredibly unique skill set. In my opinion, there is nobody better qualified for this role, and I am excited to partner with Kunal again. Kunal has a unique ability and track record of integrating cutting edge technologies with an eye toward an excellent and simple customer experience."
Over the past five years, Malik led the creation of the IT department at Facebook, a department he founded in 2007 and helped enable the growth for one of the world's leading companies. He is credited for building the next generation IT organization and creating a technology culture that promoted innovation, fast execution and transparency with its customers. He built a strong IT leadership team and delivered an aggressive IT portfolio that exceeded the company's growth needs.
Malik has over 15 years of technology experience in senior leadership roles and has managed and developed large organizations. He has a strong track record of delivering successful technology projects based on innovation and collaboration. Malik's background includes an earlier stint with the Buffalo Police Department where he leveraged technology to improve the response times of police officers and the productivity of local law enforcement. Subsequently, Malik has excelled in senior technology management roles at Exodus Communications and Wind River Systems.
"I'm thrilled about joining the storied San Francisco 49ers, a franchise backed by a strong track record of achievements and success both on and off the field," said Malik. "On a personal level, I feel honored to become a part of this absolutely amazing institution. The opportunity to define the next generation of technology for the new stadium will enable the 49ers organization to deliver a highly connected and interactive experience to fans and set a new standard for the National Football League."
Malik earned his Bachelor's of Engineering from Punjab Engineering College in India and his MBA from University at Buffalo.