Xavier A. 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. Gutierrez has a twenty-five-year career as a business executive, investor, and dealmaker focused on investment management, corporate strategy and operations, finance, and business development at Clearlake Capital Group, Meruelo Group, Meruelo Investment Partners, Phoenix Realty Group, 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, ARCTOS NorthStar Acquisition Corp, Janus International Group, and the National Association of Investment Companies. He is also a board director and on serves the investment committee for the Arizona Community Foundation, the board of regents at his alma mater Bellarmine College Preparatory, the Executive Inclusion Council, and the advisory boards of the Aspen Institute Latinos Society Program, Pro Sports Assembly, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Teach For America, the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the California Community Foundation, and the Southern California Public Radio. Plus, he served as a voting member of the US SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies.
In 2020, 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.
Gutierrez grew up in San Jose, California, and attended Bellarmine College Preparatory, an all-boys Jesuit high school. He received his bachelor’s cum laude in government from Harvard University and his law degree from Stanford Law School. He, his wife Jericca, and his son Xavi, live in Paradise Valley, Arizona.