Professional headshot of Jennifer Koester, President of Business Operations at Sphere

Jennifer Koester

President and Chief Operating Officer, Sphere

As President and Chief Operating Officer, Jennifer Koester leads the strategy and execution of all business aspects and operations of Sphere, a next-generation entertainment medium that is redefining the future of live entertainment. The first Sphere venue opened in Las Vegas in September 2023.  

In this role, Ms. Koester works together with executive leadership, and across the broader Sphere team, to grow the Sphere businesses and optimize its operations. She provides strategic oversight for Sphere Studios – the immersive content studio in Burbank dedicated to developing multi-sensory experiences exclusively for Sphere – including further developing the Studios’ capabilities as a full-service production studio. Ms. Koester also focuses on maximizing venue utilization across a range of categories, such as original programming, attractions, concerts, residencies, and corporate and marquee events; driving strategic partnerships; delivering the best customer experience; and growing Sphere as a premium global brand.

Ms. Koester is a leader with 30 years of experience in technology, media, and entertainment, across functional areas including business development, marketing, technology, legal, and product management. Throughout her career she has leveraged her diverse expertise with a unique ability to integrate legal, technical, business, and operational matters. Ms. Koester joined Sphere Entertainment in 2024 as President, Sphere Business Operations, from Google, where she served as Managing Director, Americas Strategic Alliances, Global Partnerships. In this role, she was responsible for leading the overall relationship with Google’s most strategic partners to drive greater incremental value across Google’s products and services. She also previously served as Director, Telecommunications and Video Distributors, Global Partnerships at Google, where she was a key contributor to product strategy and roadmaps that delivered new revenue opportunities, including development and monetization of advertising product lines. Her experience prior to Google includes serving as Senior Vice President of Advanced Advertising Product Development, Data Analytics and Ad Operations at Cablevision, as well as various legal positions.  

Ms. Koester received a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Binghamton University.