Bears announce their new team President and CEO Kevin Warren
|Thursday, January 12, 2023, 11:16 AM- -|
The Chicago Bears announced on Thursday that Kevin Warren is their new team President and CEO.
"I am honored and recognize the responsibility bestowed upon me to lead the Chicago Bears during this exciting and pivotal time for the franchise," Warren said in a team release. "I look forward to building on the rich tradition that started with George Halas and connecting with the unique and vibrant fanbase in Chicago. I join the Chicago Bears with gratitude and drive to carry out and build upon the legacy and spirit of this founding franchise and my predecessors. This is a franchise that is respected in all of professional sports, and I am humbled to be selected as the next President & CEO of the Chicago Bears. I sincerely thank Virginia McCaskey, George McCaskey, the McCaskey family, Ted Phillips and the search team, for the responsibility and trust placed in me to lead the Chicago Bears and deliver championships to Chicago."
Warren will replace Ted Phillips who is retiring after 40 seasons with the Bears.
"It was important to ensure the Bears had the right leader in place before I retired," Phillips said. "Kevin will do an excellent job of bringing the best out of the great people at Halas Hall and continue the evolution of our proud franchise."
"Kevin is a man of integrity, respect and excellence, all of which are critical core values of the Chicago Bears, and we welcome his perspective and diverse thought to lead this storied organization," said Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey. "He is a proven leader who has many times stepped outside of his comfort zone to challenge status quo for unconventional growth and prosperity. In this role, Warren will serve in the primary leadership position of the franchise to help bring the next Super Bowl championship trophy home to Bears fans."
"Kevin is going to be a tremendous resource, and I am excited to get started with him," said general manager Ryan Poles. "In my time spent with him during the interview process, it quickly became apparent his resumé and business acumen will be a powerful asset to helping improve our organization and ultimately reach our goal to be a championship organization."
BREAKING: The @ChicagoBears have named @bigten commissioner Kevin Warren as their new president and CEO.— Sports Business Journal (@SBJ) January 12, 2023
During his time with the Big Ten, Warren secured the most lucrative conference media rights deal in history of college athletics and added USC & UCLA to the conference. pic.twitter.com/DqTH9JijDu