The Graziadio School of Business and Management will continue the Dean’s Executive Leadership Series on Tuesday, Apr. 16, with a presentation from Jed York, president and CEO of the San Francisco 49ers. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. at the Silicon Valley Center at Techmart on Pepperdine’s Santa Clara campus.
As CEO of the San Francisco Forty Niners, Ltd., York oversees all aspects of the organization. He is in his third year in the position and has made bold decisions to return the team to its winning tradition and ultimately the Super Bowl, and recognizes and shares the ongoing passion of the team's faithful fans.
York has been the driving force behind the effort to construct a new stadium. In 2011, his leadership produced what some are calling extraordinary results to get "shovels in the ground" for the new stadium in Santa Clara. The 49ers secured an $850 million construction loan and $200 million in NFL support. With all the financing in place, the 49ers broke ground on a new stadium on April 19, 2012. The stadium is expected to be appreciated as the world's premium outdoor sports and entertainment venue.
2011 was a very good year for York's 49ers. His promotion of Trent Baalke to General Manager and the hiring of Jim Harbaugh as Head Coach provided instant results. Both Harbaugh and Baalke were named Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year respectively, the highest honor they can receive in their respective positions. The team also made it to the playoffs for the first time in nine years advancing to the NFC Conference Championship and an impressive 14-4 record.
Under York's leadership, the team established the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame in 2009, to commemorate the significant accomplishments of some of the team's biggest stars and key contributors. Named for his grandfather and the beloved patriarch of the 49ers, the Hall of Fame automatically inducted those 49ers greats that had either had their jersey numbers retired by the team or have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. York, shortly thereafter, announced the Hall of Fame's inaugural inductee, his uncle, Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., who was enshrined during the 2009 season.
He continues his family's commitment to community by serving as a board member at Tipping Point Community, the Common Wealth Club, Bay Area Council, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group. In 2011 and 2012, York served as the cochair of the Second Harvest Food Bank's Annual Holiday Food and Fund Drive, which services Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
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