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The winners of the first-ever Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers have cemented themselves as a historic team for their exploits both on and off the field. The team, which was created in 1919, has a unique ownership structure, namely that it doesn’t have a monolithic owner or ownership group like every other team in the NFL. Instead, the team is owned by its hundreds of thousands of worldwide fans.
Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a city with a population of only around 104,000, the publicly-owned team has become a symbol for the entire state, and one that Wisconsinites are proud of. The Packers have enjoyed great success and have chalked up the most league championships of any team with 9 pre-Super Bowl titles and 4 Super Bowl victories, earning Green Bay the moniker “Titletown.”
The 101-year-old team is also well-known for its transcendent quarterbacks like Bart Starr, Brett Farve, and now Aaron Rodgers, as well as one of professional football’s most revered head coaches, Vince Lombardi. But who is behind the storied organization today? We’ve mapped out the team’s org chart to give you a behind-the-scenes look at decision-makers shaping the future of the Green Bay Packers.
The organization is run by President and CEO Mark Murphy, who joined the Packers in 2007 after 16 years as the Director of Athletics at Northwestern University and 11 years at Colgate University. Murphy’s leadership role extends beyond the Packers and impacts the sport as a whole as he also sits on the NFL's Management Council Executive Committee, Competition Committee, College Relations Committee, Player Safety Advisory Panel, and Health and Safety Committee.
With such a heavy workload, Murphy turns to a cadre of season football execs to help run the iconic football franchise. One of the better-known figures among fans is Brian Gutekunst, the team’s General Manager, but there are so many more unsung heroes that fans ought to know, like VP of Marketing and Fan Engagement Gabrielle Valdez Dow.
Dow oversees the Packers' retail operations, media group, brand engagement, and game-day entertainment, placing her in charge of everything from the Packers Pro Shop to the game day music playlist. Along with VP of Communications Jason Wahlers, Dow and her team help craft the team’s public persona through direct fan engagement and social media.
But if there is one person that all fans should know behind the scenes of one of America’s most storied NFL franchises, it is Russ Ball, the Packers’ EVP and Director of Football Operations.
Ball is a seasoned NFL executive who entered the league in 1989 as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, but 32 seasons and 4 teams later, he is now the man who makes the Packers tick. His role with the team splits into two core categories — he is the money man, responsible for negotiating player contracts and managing the salary cap, as well as the day-to-day supervisor of many of the team’s administrative departments. He oversees the equipment, video, logistics, team travel, corporate travel, player engagement, family programs, and fields groups, meaning there isn’t a part of the organization he doesn’t impact in one way or another. It is this position at the center of the team’s activities, no matter where they go or what they do, that makes him one of the most influential figures in the organization.
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