The Chicago Bears have a new CEO in town, as Ted Phillips nears his last days as CEO.
After decades of hiring a CEO from within the franchise, the team is now getting someone from outside the Bears organization.
Their new CEO is Kevin Warren, the former commissioner for the Big Ten Conference.
His dive back into the NFL as the CEO of the Bears gives him a challenge.
With the Bears being in a rebuild, and having the first overall pick in 2023, there’s plenty on his plate when he takes over in Chicago.
However, he comes to Chicago with “gratitude and drive,” as he wants to build on the legacy in Chicago.
New president and CEO Kevin Warren: "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."
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) January 12, 2023
With him taking over as the president and CEO, the franchise is in expert hands.
He knows how to navigate and deal with many aspects in the NFL, as he has previous NFL experience with the St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions, and Minnesota Vikings.
His time with the Rams saw him being a key part in helping them win a Super Bowl championship.
While with the Lions, he was named as a “40 under 40” Detroit business leader.
However, his biggest accomplishment was with the Vikings, as he helped with the building of the team’s new stadium.
With the Bears plans of moving to a new stadium, the Warren hire makes sense.
His proven track record of success with these things makes this a brilliant choice by the franchise.
While the 2022 season was a bust, the Warren hiring shows the future is bright for Chicago.