Xavier A. Gutierrez
President, Chief Executive Officer & Alternate Governor
Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club
Alma Mater: Harvard University, Stanford University
Xavier Gutierrez is the first Latino president and CEO in the National Hockey League, leading the Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club. In this role, Gutierrez oversees all business operations, strategic planning, significant organizational decision-making, and government relations for the club.
Mr. Gutierrez has a 25+ year career as a business executive, investor, and dealmaker focused on investment management, corporate strategy and operations, finance, and business development. Previously he was managing director at Clearlake Capital Group (a private investment firm with $75+ billion institutional capital). Prior to Clearlake, Mr. Gutierrez served as chief investment officer of Meruelo Group (Alex Meruelo family office/management company), and president and chief investment officer of Meruelo Investment Partners (investment affiliate). Mr. Gutierrez was also principal and managing director with Phoenix Realty Group (a national real estate private equity firm with $1 billion equity capital). In addition, Mr. Gutierrez has worked at Latham & Watkins, Lehman Brothers, and the National Football League Office.
A dedicated philanthropist and corporate leader, he serves on multiple boards and advisory councils including Commercial Bank of California, Janus International Group, and the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC). He is also a board director and on the investment committee for the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF), a member of the board of regents at his alma mater, Bellarmine College Preparatory, a member of the NHL’s executive inclusion council, and on the advisory boards of the Aspen Institute Latinos & Society Program, Pro Sports Assembly, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and Teach for America.
In 2020, Mr. Gutierrez cofounded and currently serves as board chairman of SUMA Wealth, an innovative financial technology company focused on eliminating the Latinx wealth gap by engaging, educating, and empowering this cohort through culturally relevant content, financial tools, and services.
Mr. Gutierrez previously served as a voting member of the US SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies and was a board member for several organizations including Sizmek, Inc., the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the California Community Foundation, and the Southern California Public Radio (2016-2019).
Mr. Gutierrez grew up in San Jose, California and attended Bellarmine College Preparatory, an all-boys Jesuit high school. He received his Bachelor of Arts cum laude in government from Harvard University and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Stanford Law School. He, his wife Jericca, and son Xavi live in Paradise Valley, Arizona.