Report: Bears cast wide net in search for new president/CEO

The Chicago Bears have found a replacement for president and CEO Ted Phillips. The organization has hired Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren to assume Phillips’ duties this spring.

While Warren emerged as a frontrunner for the job a few weeks ago, the Bears did their due diligence when it came to finding Phillips’ replacement.

According to The Athletic, the organization’s search for a new president and CEO cast a wide net that included looks not just at candidates from the NFL but other sports leagues.

The Athletic learned that the Bears cast a wide net. It included candidates from various sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, college athletics and even professional soccer in Europe.

Video conferencing was used, but the Bears narrowed their search in November, and fewer than 10 candidates were invited to Halas Hall for interviews. Fewer than that were brought back for second meetings with the team in December.

Warren boasts 21 years of NFL experience, including 15 season with the Minnesota Vikings, which included playing an instrumental role in the building of U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Bears will introduce Warren as their new president and CEO on Tuesday.

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Story originally appeared on Bears Wire