The Padres announced that they have hired Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee as their new president and CEO. The announcement was made by lead investor Peter Seidler and executive chairman Ron Fowler. Seidler and Fowler issued the following joint statement:
“We are ecstatic to bring Mike back to San Diego as our president and CEO. He has the experience, passion and intellect to drive this organization to great success. All of these qualities, combined with his familiarity with our community and his legendary energy, are going to assure exciting times for Padres’ fans.”
Dee began his professional sports career by spending eight seasons with the Padres, ascending to senior vice president of business affairs in 2001. He left the Padres to become executive vice president of business affairs for the Red Sox in 2002 before being named Dolphins CEO in 2009. Dee offered the following quote, via press release:
"I am thrilled to be coming home to San Diego – an extraordinary community that has always been very special to me. The Padres organization is where I started my sports career nearly two decades ago, and I am grateful to Ron and Peter for the opportunity to return to my roots."
The Padres have been on the lookout for a new president/CEO since Tom Garfinkel stepped down from the position in early June. It's been a busy year for the Padres, who last August were sold to a group fronted by former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley as well as Seidler and Fowler.