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Second Arena Executive Leaves

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For the second time in two weeks, a key executive involved in the Nets and construction of the Barclays Center has quit.  Joanne Minieri, president of Forest City Ratner, left the firm to set up her own consulting company.  Her departure follows that of Alex Diaz, general manager of Barclays Center who took a similar job with Madison Square Garden.

Minieri was heavily involved in Bruce Ratner's 2004 acquisition of the Nets. She represented ownership of Forest City Ratner in overseeing the business side of the team and was responsible for managing the investment, including the plan to bring the Nets to Barclays Center. Prior to becoming president of Forest City, Minieri had overall responsibility for Atlantic Yards including the arena.