Bears announce Kevin Warren is their new President and CEO

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Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren is leaving college sports to become President and CEO of the Bears.

The Bears announced today that Warren has taken the job and will begin in the spring.

“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 McCaskey said in a 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.”

Warren replaces Ted Phillips, who has been the team’s President and CEO for the last 23 years.

“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. “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.”

Before taking over as Big Ten Commissioner, Warren had extensive experience in the NFL, working for the Vikings, Lions and Rams.

The most important task for Warren will be overseeing the Bears’ plans to move from Soldier Field in Chicago to a new stadium in the suburbs.

20 responses to “Bears announce Kevin Warren is their new President and CEO

  1. As much I look forward to Phillips leaving, in all fairness he took over during a very awkward time for the McCaskeys. Virginia had to fire her son Micheal for screwing up the coaching search at the time and the stadium deal was going nowhere. Phillips got the deal done and even has an NFC Championship to his credit.

    Thanks Ted.

  2. The Illinois General Assembly just passed a bill (that is now law) that bans $$$ for/to the Bears if they move to the suburbs. Mr. Warren has his work cut out for him on the stadium front.

  3. Are you kidding me, Ted Phillips negotiated the Soldier Field deal…THAT’S IT. He is as clueless as this come. Good Riddance!

  4. By default this has to be an improvement over Ted Phillips. Best of luck to Mr. Warren. That being said, no one should expect this hire will materially affect the product on the field. This guy is being hired to get a stadium built in Arlington Heights and keep the maximum amount of money flowing into the McCaskey’s pockets. Period. All personnel and coaching decisions will begin and end with Ryan Poles.

  5. icantstandwhitecastleanymore says:
    January 12, 2023 at 11:28 am

    As much I look forward to Phillips leaving, in all fairness he took over during a very awkward time for the McCaskeys. Virginia had to fire her son Micheal for screwing up the coaching search at the time and the stadium deal was going nowhere. Phillips got the deal done and even has an NFC Championship to his credit.

    Thanks Ted.

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    What? Devin Hester, Lovie Smith and his defense has ALL the credit for the NFC Championship.

    Why in the world would thank Ted Philips! He has been worthless in his tenure with the Bears.

  6. packers76 says:
    January 12, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    All aboard the train wreck know as da bears who are owned by Aaron Rodgers .

    ======================

    Is Rodgers coming to Halas Hall to watch the post season with the Bears on the couch this weekend?

    Bears AND THE PACKERS still suck!

  7. Extremely well-spoken and intelligent individual.
    Always enjoyed listening to him on kfan.

    The 2020 season for the big ten was ridiculous and not handled well with the delay, cancelation and then starting back up mid-season, given the uncertainty however we didnt know which way was correct. Probably should have done things differently in hindsight.

  8. mattp says:
    January 12, 2023 at 11:50 am
    The Illinois General Assembly just passed a bill (that is now law) that bans $$$ for/to the Bears if they move to the suburbs. Mr. Warren has his work cut out for him on the stadium front.
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    After six years of morons complaining about fake news we finally get an example of actual fake news.

  9. gibson45 says: January 12, 2023 at 1:01 pm mattp says: January 12, 2023 at 11:50 am The Illinois General Assembly just passed a bill (that is now law) that bans $$$ for/to the Bears if they move to the suburbs. Mr. Warren has his work cut out for him on the stadium front.
    __________

    After six years of morons complaining about fake news we finally get an example of actual fake news.
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    Anything pertaining to IL is joke, particularly with Chicago and Soldier Field moves. Also if you think the news you watch is telling you the truth still, there is no helping you….good luck out there champ.

  10. this guy nearly destroyed the Big Ten 2020 Football Season. Thank goodness he’s no longer part of the Big Ten. He’s the definition of mediocrity and hiring to fill in all the blanks.

  11. Glad to see Phillips gone. The model of underperformance.

    Looking forward to what Warren brings and hope that he and Poles collaborate to bring winning football back to the Windy City. It’s been WAY too long.

  12. Overdue. Bears have 7 winning seasons in the last 22. Hopefully he can reverse the WL ratio.

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