Leiweke replaced by NFL Media's Turcke as league COO
Tod Leiweke has quit as chief operating officer of American football's NFL and will be replaced in the role by Mary Ann Turcke, president of NFL Media, the league announced today.
Leiweke joined the NFL three years ago to fill the revived COO role which had been vacant since predecessor Roger Goodell assumed the post of commissioner in 2006.
Leiweke had previously served five years as chief executive of NHL ice hockey's Tampa Bay Lightning, prior to which he held the same role at the NFL's Seattle Seahawks from 2003 to 2010.
Leiweke’s brother Tim is the founder of Oak View Group, the entertainment and sports facilities company that is working to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle, and it is thought that the two could be teaming up on the project.
Turcke only joined the NFL a year ago from Bell Media, the Canadian media group, where she was president. She has been based at the NFL Network’s Los Angeles base, but will relocate to the league's headquarters in New York.
Her responsibilities will include oversight of marketing, communications, human resources, international and events and technology departments.
In a letter to the NFL teams, Goodell wrote: "Tod was instrumental in guiding our long-term strategic process and has been a valuable resource, not only to me but to ownership, our clubs, and the entire league."
On Turcke, Goodell said: "I expect her leadership, vision and corporate governance experience to help evolve our organisation and take it to a higher level."
The commissioner, whose contract was recently extended to 2024, warned there will be "further organisational changes as we continue to assess the opportunities and challenges and position ourselves for continued success."