SPEAKERS > Christine Pantoya


Christine Pantoya is the CRO of Kiswe. Throughout her career, she has consistently created strong operating results for companies ranging from start-up to Fortune 50, including premier organizations such as: the National Basketball Association (NBA), Verizon Communications, Cox Communications, Sprint Nextel, and Fan Controlled Sports and Entertainment. As a senior executive, Pantoya has held P&L responsibility, for up to 1000 employees and ranging up to $1.5 billion in annual revenue.

With Fan Controlled Sports and Entertainment – an early stage, interactive live sports platform – Pantoya served as chief commercial officer, helping to build out content and strategic partnerships such as TV/digital distribution and betting. She also led the company’s overall revenue function (sponsorship, merchandise, advertising).

At the NBA, Pantoya launched and led the league’s direct-to-consumer business globally. Prior to the NBA, she established and led Verizon’s corporate development practice in media and entertainment, ultimately resulting in a number of large strategic acquisitions in the sector (both consumer facing and back office technology). In 2020, Pantoya served as chief financial officer of the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), OmniChannel Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: OCA). 

Pantoya has served on the board of directors for Ryman Hospitality (NYSE: RHP) since 2019 and serves on both the company’s audit and nominating/governance committees. Ryman is the proud owner and operator of the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Ole Red (in partnership with Blake Shelton), and the Gaylord Resorts and Hotels.

Pantoya serves as the chairwoman of Old Dominion University’s business school advisory board.

She grew up in Colorado, and has moved around the U.S., both during her husband’s service in the US Navy submarine force and for her own career. Pantoya holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Master’s of Business Administration, from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She and her husband live in Summit, NJ and have one son, who attends Cornell University’s Dyson School and competes on the university’s varsity track team.