Meet the New Chicago Bears President: Kevin Warren

The Chicago Bears announced on Thursday that Kevin Warren will take over as president and CEO. You know the Bears but you might not know who Kevin Warren is. This article will go over all of it.

After 22 years in NFL operations with the Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions, and Minnesota Vikings, Warren, 59, assumed leadership of the Big Ten in 2020.

“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,” Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey said on the teams official statement. “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.”

During a period of change in collegiate athletics, he guided the conference as its first Black commissioner of a Power Five conference. While the league’s first decision to cancel the 2020 football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic (a decision that was later reversed with a delayed start for the league) initially derailed his career with the Big Ten, there have been some noteworthy triumphs in the following few years.

USC and UCLA were successfully taken away from the Pac-12 by the Big Ten, and they will become the league’s newest members in 2024. The conference also disclosed a brand-new media rights agreement with CBS, Fox, and NBC for a period of seven years, with an estimated annual value of $1.2 billion.

“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 on the team statement. “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.”

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