Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee has been with the organization since 2009, but he will leave the team next month to take a job with the San Diego Padres as President and CEO.
“It’s a chance to return to my roots,” said Dee, who worked previously for the Padres (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.”
“I love this franchise,” he said of the Dolphins. “I have great respect and love for the history of this franchise — coach [Don] Shula and the alumni. It’s been a wonderful four years for me. I got a chance to meet a lot of great men I grew up idolizing and I found out they’re great players and better people.”
Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross released a statement through the team, via the Miami Herlad:
“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.”