Irina Pavlova, a top adviser to Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and one of the highest-ranking women in professional sports, is leaving the organization next month, sources told The Vertical. Pavlova, whose official title is president of Onexim Sports and Entertainment, has served as a U.S.-based liaison for the Nets’ Russian-based ownership group since 2010.
In her role, Pavlova was looped in on all Nets-related activities, from business to basketball operations. She dealt with the NBA on significant issues and was heavily involved in the selection of the team’s new practice facility in Brooklyn.
Pavlova serves on the board of directors for the Nets and Brooklyn Arena LLC, the company that runs the Barclays Center.
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