The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday that team President Mark Donovan has signed a long-term contract extension with the club. Donovan originally joined the Chiefs as the club's chief operating officer in 2009 before being promoted to team president in 2011.
"I'd like to congratulate Mark and his family on this well-deserved recognition," Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "Because of Mark's leadership over the past decade, the business operations of the Chiefs are among the best in professional sports, and he and his team have worked tirelessly to create the best fan experience in the National Football League. Mark is an innovative leader and a talented executive who is widely respected in our industry and in the Kansas City community. I am thrilled that he will continue to be a key part of the leadership of the Chiefs for many years to come."
"My family and I are grateful for the opportunity to continue our journey here in Kansas City," Donovan said. "I'd like to thank Clark and the entire Hunt family for their unwavering support and belief in me to help lead one of the NFL's most storied franchises. I'd also like to recognize all our staff members who continue to push the boundaries to make our organization the best it can be for our fans. To Chiefs Kingdom, we are proud to call Kansas City home and look forward to creating many more memories here."
Only the fifth president in team history, Donovan is currently in the midst of his 21st season in the National Football League and 11th with the Chiefs. He has overseen a period of tremendous business growth and has helped the club re-establish Arrowhead Stadium as an elite venue for not only sports, but other forms of entertainment. His leadership extends to the community both personally and professionally, where he is actively engaged in Chiefs charitable giving and community involvement.
Donovan joined the Chiefs in 2009 after six years with the Philadelphia Eagles as Senior Vice President of Business Operations (2003-08). Prior to joining the Eagles, Donovan held leadership roles as the NFL's Senior Director of Sales and Marketing (1999-03) and the Director of Sales and Marketing for the National Hockey League (1997-99). He also brings seven years of experience in the private business sector. He originally joined the league in 1999.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native graduated from Brown University with a double major in political science and organizational behavior/management. He captained the Brown football squad as the team's quarterback and signed with the New York Giants as a free agent upon graduation.
He and his wife, Kathy, have two children and reside in Kansas City.
A full biography on Donovan can be accessed by clicking HERE.