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Rockets Name Julian Duncan Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

POSTED: July 19, 2021 -- 11:24 a.m. CT

Monday morning, the Houston Rockets announced they have hired Julian Duncan as their Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer. Duncan most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In addition to directing the team's marketing, promotional, and branding efforts, Duncan will also oversee fan experience, digital content, retail, and community engagement.

“Julian has a proven track record for brand innovation and leadership.” said Rockets President of Business Operations Gretchen Sheirr. “We believe Julian's impact will resonate not only within our organization and fanbase, but throughout the Houston community.”

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“As a native Houstonian, it is a dream come true to have the opportunity to come back home and join the Rockets,” said Duncan. “I am excited to be part of an organization with such a rich history and to help build upon a brand that is endeared by Rockets fans across the globe.”

Duncan played football at Rice University while double-majoring in Sport Management and English. He earned an MBA from Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business in 2006.

Following a stint as a player in NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League, Duncan returned to Houston as a business analyst in the energy field. He later joined Nike's Marketing Development Program and became their Global Brand Director. During his time at Nike and later Under Armour, Duncan's work promoted the brands of numerous athletes and cultural icons, including LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Serena Williams, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Along with a collection of global Chief Marketing Officers, Duncan serves on the steering committee and advisory board for Adweek's Brandweek platform, whose mission is to catalyze the growth and development of marketeers worldwide through event experiences, online and print engagement, mentorship, and training.

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