Irina Pavlova is the president of Onexim Sports & Entertainment, which controls 80 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and 45 percent of Barclays Center on behalf of Mikhail Prokhorov. Based in New York, Pavlova oversees the business operations of the team and coordinates all necessary activity regarding Barclays Center with the majority owner of the venue, Forest City Ratner Companies. She serves on the boards of both entities.
Prior to joining Onexim, Pavlova was the first employee on the ground at Google Russia, where she helped establish the company’s operations and served as head of strategic partnerships. Her earlier career focused on financial analysis and portfolio management at several institutions, including Merrill Lynch and Prudential.
Pavlova, who is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), earned her master’s degree in business administration from Stanford, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from from Moscow Linguistics University. She serves on the board of PeacePlayers International, a nonprofit that promotes conflict resolution among kids through the game of basketball.