Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross hired Mike Dee to be the Chief Executive Officer of the franchise and Sun Life Stadium in May, 2009. Today, Dee’s four-year tenure in said role comes to an end.
“It’s a chance to return to my roots,” Dee said, who was hired by the San Diego Padres to become President and CEO after previously spending time with the franchise from 1995-2002. “This is a great opportunity to run a team and a facility. It’s a chance to sail a ship I helped construct.”
In Miami, Dee was asked to run only the business side of the Dolphins while general manger Jeff Ireland made player-personnel decisions. In San Diego, Dee will handle both roles.
According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have hired a “headhunter” firm to assist in the search for a new CEO.
Stephen Ross issued a statement through the team’s official website:
“I want to thank Mike Dee for his leadership over the past four years to the Miami Dolphins and wish him the best in his new position with the San Diego Padres. Under Mike, we have broadened our role in the community, improved our technology footprint within the organization and enhanced our customer service to our fans. As a result of Mike’s leadership and combined with the hard work of our football operations department, I feel that the organization is well positioned for future success both on and off the field. We will begin the process immediately to bring in a new CEO and I have retained Turnkey Sports and Entertainment to lead this search. Mike will be in the office over the next several weeks as he makes the transition to his new position. We wish him and his family the very best in this new chapter of his life.”