Kate Haywood

EVP, Finance & Administration
JMI Sports

Kate is responsible for legal, financial, technological, operational, and human resources management across the company. She has a passion for integrating details into the big-picture goals of an organization’s mission, building the systems and tools that promote excellence in the workplace, increase employee satisfaction and retention, drive accountability, and protect the bottom line.

Since joining JMI Sports in 2008, Kate has been involved in many aspects of the business outside of her core responsibilities, from providing critical on-site project support during the development of Matthew Knight Arena at the University of Oregon, to spearheading the development of the JMI Sports Foundation, established to coordinate charitable giving initiatives focusing on education, housing, and healthcare for San Diego’s underprivileged youth.

Kate came to JMI Sports after more than a decade in the hospitality industry, previously working for one of San Diego’s top restaurant groups, Urban Kitchen. As General Manager of the group’s flagship restaurant, the Kensington Grill, Kate excelled at business management, employee retention, cost controls, and building longstanding and devoted clientele. Under Kate’s leadership, the restaurant received recognition as San Diego’s Best Neighborhood Restaurant by the California Restaurant Association every single year. Her experience in hospitality has been influential in the development and implementation of JMI Sports’ “white glove” approach to partnerships and activation.

Kate has two bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, San Diego, in the fields of Political Science and Critical Gender Studies.