While the news was a drop in the bucket compared to the big Brett Favre trade from a week ago, it got me thinking about a few things, like why don't the Packers get more football guys on the Executive Board?
Ariens is president and CEO of the Ariens Company, which is well-known for making snowblowers that help Cheeseheads get from point A to point B much easier from December to March. The head of a very successful company, Ariens replaces Bob Gallagher, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 under the Packers' bylaws.
Ariens joins an elite group that includes Packers President Mark Murphy, Larry Weyers, Edward Martin, Carl Kuehne, Peter Platten and John Bergstrom. Aside from Murphy, all are very successful businessmen in the northeast Wisconsin area.
The Executive Committee more or less calls the shots for the Packers. Sure, there is a 45-person Board of Directors, but major decisions go through the executive committee. It is elected from the team's Board of Directors and directs corporate management, approves major capital expenditures, establishes broad policy and monitors management's performance in conducting the business and affairs of the corporation.
The Packers may be publicly owned, but the team has a collective chief and that's the Executive Committee. The members of the committee get their photo in the team's media guide while the board of directors only get their names listed. How's that for clout!
All seems to be fine and dandy with the Executive Committee. There are no problems or internal squabbles that the public knows about, anyway. However, like the team it governs on the field, the committee can always be improved. I've written about this before and I'll write it again - why not pursue a football guy like Ron Wolf?
With Wolf's NFL background and admiration for the Packers, it seems that he would be the perfect fit for the committee. As it stands, Murphy is the only member of the committee with an NFL background and that's as a player. Wolf, who recently moved back to Green Bay, could add so much more to the group.
That's not a knock on the current members of the committee. All undoubtedly have a great business sense, however, Wolf's football operations background hasn't been copied by other organizations in the league for nothing. He would be a great complement to the committee.
First things first. To clear the way for Wolf's appointment to the Executive Committee, I urge Packers shareholders to nominate him for the team's Board of Directors prior to the 2009 meeting. That could be the first step in a big improvement down the road for the team's Executive Committee. The Packers and their fans deserve the best leadership possible and Wolf has the ability to contribute in a big way.
Todd Korth writes for PackerReport.com and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.