By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Big Ten Conference has introduced their new Commissioner on Tuesday. Kevin Warren, previously the Minnesota Vikings Chiefs Operating Officer, has introduced at a press conference.
Warren — the first African-American Commissioner in Conference history — will take over the role on July 1, 2020. Jim Delany — the current Conference Commissioner — will step away and retire.
Delany will step away after 30 years as the leader of the conference on June 30, 2020.
Warren was the highest African-American executive in the NFL on the business side. The 55-year-old Phoenix, Arizona native became the first African-American COO of an NFL team in 2015.
He joined the Vikings in 2005 after helping Mark and Zygi Wilf purchase the team. He was first hired as their Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer.
In February 2015, Warren was promoted to the COO of the team. He oversaw all aspects of the business operations as the COO.
Warren helped the Vikings get a new Stadium and practice facility. The team plays at U.S. Bank Stadium and practice at the Twin Cities Orthopedic Performance Center.
He also served on the NFL’s Working Group on Emergency Planning. He also served on the NFL’s Committee on Workplace Diversity.
“Kevin has impacted the Vikings and our family in immeasurable ways over the last 15 years,” the Vikings statement contributed to Mark and Zygi Wilf said. “He has worked tirelessly to elevate the Vikings franchise, all with the greater good of the organization and Minneapolis-St.Paul in mind. From the very onset, Kevin helped us navigate and execute the purchase of the franchise. He was then evolved as a leader of the organization in ways we never could have imagined, leading our vision for U.S. Bank Stadium and TCO Performance Center, developing a world-class fan experience, and implementing many initiatives that have transformed our franchise with the benefit of our employees and Vikings fans top of mind.
“Kevin has been a tremendous leader for the Vikings and he and his family have been passionately, and intricately involved in the community, enhancing the lives of so many people. We know the Big Ten and their student-athletes, coaches, and administrators are extremely fortunate to have his leadership, character, and vision, and we wish Kevin and the Warren family all the best. We will work with Kevin and the Vikings management team over the next three months to help us through this transition and process how we want to move forward.”