The Chicago Bears will hire Kevin Warren as President, CEO

The Chicago Bears will hire Kevin Warren as President, CEO

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears He will name Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren as president and CEO, sources have confirmed to ESPN.

Warren will replace president and CEO Ted Phillips, who announced his retirement last September after the 2022 season. The Bears, who could announce the hiring as early as Thursday, interviewed Warren in person last month.

Warren has informed Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones, head of the Big Ten Presidents/Chancellors’ Council, of his departure, according to sources.

Big Ten presidents and chancellors will meet Thursday morning. The Bears’ plan to hire Warren was first reported by NFL Network on Thursday.

Warren has been with the Big Ten since June 2019, but was recently denied a contract extension by the conference, according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel. His experience in the NFL is extensive the rams, the lions and the vikingswhere he worked from 2005 to 2019. He spent 2005-14 as the Vikings’ executive vice president of legal affairs and chief administrative officer before becoming Minnesota’s chief operating officer in 2015.

Sources told ESPN that Warren, who helped build U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016, has been attractive to the Bears, who are looking to build a new stadium in the coming years after 50 seasons at Soldier Field. The Bears aim to close on the 326-acre Arlington Heights purchase in the first quarter of 2023 and filed initial plans for the development last fall.

The Bears are under contract to the property through September 2021 after signing a $197.2 million purchase and sale agreement.

Phillips spent 40 seasons with the Bears, including the last 23 as president/CEO. He was only the fourth person to serve as president in the organization’s 102-year existence and the first outside the Halas-McCaskey family to hold that position.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg contributed to this report.

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