Dodgers execs earn promotions
J. McCourt named CEO of Dodgers; Mannion president/COO
Dodgers president Jamie McCourt was named chief executive officer, and Dennis Mannion was named president/chief operating officer of the club, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt announced on Tuesday.In her role as CEO, McCourt will focus on developing relationships in the Dodgers community and Major League Baseball along with corporate sponsors and public officials. She will also continue to help grow the Dodgers brand and drive the organizational culture within the Dodgers family. "Jamie has done an outstanding job of assembling a talented management team, fostering a positive culture, and building a first-class business operation," Frank McCourt said in a statement. "We all now look forward to Jamie and Dennis taking the organization to new heights." McCourt had been named president of the club on Aug. 12, 2005, and has helped shaped the Dodgers' efforts in the local community. She said in a statement that she is looking forward to her new role as CEO. "I am honored to assume this new leadership role," McCourt said. "It allows me to promote a strategic mind-set and build long-term relationships that strengthen our brand. The most important of those relationships is with our fans. So I will invest even more heavily in how we connect with them in every imaginable way." Mannion joined the Dodgers in 2007 after 27 years with the Philadelphia Phillies, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Baltimore Ravens. He was recruited by Jamie McCourt to join the Dodgers after spending eight seasons with the Ravens. "Dennis has done an excellent job of implementing our strategy with his disciplined approach and innovative ideas," McCourt said. "Having worked with him during this past year and a half, Dennis has demonstrated that he is ready to take the reins of the day-to-day operations as president/COO of this ballclub." As COO of the Dodgers, Mannion oversaw traditional business operations such as corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, retail operations, concessions, broadcasting and other revenue streams. Now he adds the title of club president to his long resume. "I want to thank the McCourts," said Mannion. "I could not be more proud. All of us inside and outside the organization sense the potential this organization has to elevate its prominence and increase its relevance in sports and world culture."
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.