Mike Dee: New Padres President and CEO

Well, that didn’t take long.

The Padres announced this morning that Mike Dee has been named as the new President and CEO, replacing Tom Garfinkel, who resigned last week.

Read the official press releases from both the Padres and the Miami Dolphins along with a story by Padres beat writer Corey Brock of MLB.com.


Press Release from the Padres:

Padres name Mike Dee President and CEO

Dee, who worked for Padres from 1995-2002, was CEO of Miami Dolphins since 2009

The San Diego Padres today announced they have named Mike Dee president and chief executive officer. Lead Investor, Peter Seidler, and Executive Chairman, Ron Fowler, made the announcement.

“We are ecstatic to bring Mike back to San Diego as our president and CEO,” said Fowler and Seidler in a joint statement. “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.”

“I am thrilled to be coming home to San Diego – an extraordinary community that has always been very special to me,” said Dee. “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.”

Dee returns to San Diego after spending eight successful seasons with the Padres from 1995-2002, joining the club as director of corporate development before several promotions that lead to his appointment as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs in 2001. While with the Padres, the club won two division titles, a National League pennant and successfully passed proposition C that led to the construction of Petco Park.

Dee most recently served as the CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium since May 3, 2009. While with the Dolphins, he developed initiatives to grow the fan base and game-day experience, finalized a ground-breaking naming rights deal while enhancing relationships with the club’s business partners and re-focused team resources to create a greater emphasis on community relations efforts.

Dee served as Executive Vice President of Business Affairs for the Boston Red Sox beginning in 2002 prior to his promotion to Chief Operating Officer in 2004. While with the Red Sox, Dee also served as President of Fenway Sports Group, a company that he created in 2004 under the direction of Red Sox ownership to diversify the business interests of the Red Sox beyond baseball. During his tenure in Boston, the Red Sox won two World Series titles and set franchise records for attendance and revenue each year – including an MLB record consecutive sellouts streak dating to 2003.

Dee played basketball and earned a degree in government from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., where he still serves on the Advisory Board.

Dee and his wife, Karen, have two sons

From Corey Brock:

Dee returns to Padres to be team president, CEO

SAN DIEGO — Mike Dee isn’t just returning to his baseball roots, but to the place where it all started for him — San Diego.

On Wednesday, the Padres named Dee their team president and chief executive officer. He is certainly no stranger to the organization.

Dee worked for the team from 1995-2002. He was part of the front-office group that followed former team president and CEO Larry Lucchino to the Red Sox.

Dee was the Padres’ executive vice president of business affairs his final three years in San Diego. All told, he’s spent 15 years working in baseball.

Dee previously was the CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium, a position he took in 2009.

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Press Release from the Miami Dolphins:

PRESS RELEASE: Organizational Statements On Mike Dee Joining The San Diego Padres

Read official statements from the Dolphins on the CEO leaving the organization.

“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.”

– Miami Dolphins Chairman of the Board/Managing General Partner Stephen Ross

“I want to thank Steve, all of the members of the Dolphins organization and Dolphins fans I have encountered during the past four years as CEO of the Miami Dolphins. First and foremost, you could not ask for a more supportive and enthusiastic owner than Steve. He believes in running a first-class organization and gives each of us the backing we need to succeed.

“I also want to thank the South Florida community and Dolphin fans everywhere for the support they have given me. We worked hard to develop a strong relationship with our fans and our community, and I appreciate the passion they have for the Dolphins. My experiences with our fans and the members of this community have given me outstanding memories I will always cherish. I would also like to thank Coach Shula, Nat Moore and the hundreds of Dolphins alumni who welcomed me to the organization with open arms and that I shared a unique and special relationship with.

“However, the prospect to return to lead a franchise where I began my career in sports and in a city that means so much to my family is one I couldn’t pass up. I will always consider my time with the Miami Dolphins and in South Florida as one of the most rewarding periods in my life and I wish the team the best as I look forward to my new endeavor. I expect to be a frequent visitor to the area and I will always bleed aqua and orange.”


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