Vikings promote Warren to COO

The Vikings promoted Kevin Warren to Chief Operating Officer, where he will oversee all the business operations of the franchise.

The Minnesota Vikings promoted Kevin Warren to Chief Operating Officer, having him oversee all the business operations and having him report directly to owner/president Mark Wilf.

Warren has spent 10 years with the Vikings and 16 in the NFL. He was previously a vice president for Vikings, overseeing the legal operations. Prior to joining the Vikings in 2005, he was the senior vice president of business operations and general counsel for the Detroit Lions from 2001-03 and was a vice president with the St. Louis Rams from 1997-2001, being part of that organization when they won Super Bowl XXXIV.

“We are thrilled to promote Kevin to Chief Operating Officer,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement. “We embrace the opportunity to promote individuals from within our organization and believe the continuity and stability is a positive reflection on our many talented and hard-working staff members. Kevin’s leadership, acumen, passion and work ethic will continue to be a positive asset for the Vikings and this community.”

The move was announced a day after owners Zygi and Mark Wilf unveiled the fruits of their $5 million donation to the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Children’s Hospital, a venture that Warren supported with a $1 million donation of his own in December.

“I am energized and excited to continue to be a part of the Vikings organization and to lead our business operations moving forward,” Warren said. “My family has thoroughly enjoyed making Minneapolis-St. Paul our home with the wonderful people in this community. Over the last 10 years I have marveled at the Vikings’ rich tradition and developed great appreciation for our fans, the most passionate in the NFL. The Wilfs are deeply committed to building a world-class organization and winning a Super Bowl, and I embrace this next opportunity with great tenacity as we work to achieve our shared goals.”

Warren’s contribution to the U of M Children’s Hospital established “Carolyn’s Comforts,” a children’s cancer emergency assistance fund named in honor of Warren’s late sister and designed to help families manage the difficulties that come with the diagnosis of cancer. Over the past three years, the Warren family has donated approximately 2,300 backpacks filled with school supplies to every student at Lucy Craft Laney Community School, one that is predominantly African-American and has 98 percent of its student population coming from underserved communities. The family has also purchased basketball uniforms for both the boys and girls basketball teams, school uniforms for some individual students and has agreed to design and fund the cost for an on-site computer lab at Lucy Laney that will be dedicated in 2015.

“Kevin is well-versed in numerous facets of our organization and has proven himself an outstanding leader not only over the past decade with the Vikings but also during his 17 years in the NFL,” Mark Wilf said in a statement. “While our primary focus is winning championships, our organization also continues to evolve with many new initiatives focused on our deserving fans, including the new stadium development, creating the best game day experience in the NFL and continuing to positively impact lives in our community. Kevin has earned this opportunity and is the perfect individual to lead us in those areas and to create a strategic vision for our business operations.”

Warren has also been heavily involved in the design and construction process for the new Vikings stadium that is set to open in 2016. He has also overseen the team’s legal affairs and represented the club at all NFL meetings.

Warren earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University in 1986, his master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University in 1988 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1990.

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