The Green Bay Packers have promoted Ed Policy to chief operating officer and general counsel, President/CEO Mark Murphy announced today.
"I'm pleased to promote Ed to this new position," Murphy said. "He's been an outstanding leader for us and has shown tremendous growth in recent years. His work on Titletown has been excellent, and will be invaluable to the organization and community for years to come. I'm confident that Ed will excel in this new role and the structure will benefit the organization."
Policy, who is beginning his seventh season with the Packers, will take on a greater role in overseeing the business operations of the organization, including sales, marketing and human resources, in addition to his current responsibilities. He also represents the team at the NFL level on legal and compliance matters.
"I'm very appreciative of the opportunity to serve the Packers in this role," said Policy. "With recent expansion and renovations at Lambeau Field and the planning and opening of Titletown, we have grown in so many ways that are enhancing the organization and community. I'm looking forward to continuing to help the Packers make a positive impact on our own operations as well complement the promising economic development in our area."
In leading the organization's development of Titletown, the nearly 45-acre mixed-use real estate development immediately west of Lambeau Field, Policy is maximizing its unique location to attract visitors, spur regional economic growth and offer amenities to residents. Titletown also complements the greater Green Bay area's draw as an excellent location to live, work, play and visit on a year-round basis. Planning continues on phase two of the development after a successful opening of phase one, which includes a vibrant park with an ice rink and tubing on Ariens Hill, as well as tenant partners Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, Hinterland Restaurant and Brewery and the award-winning Lodge Kohler hotel.
Additionally, the TitletownTech partnership with Microsoft will usher in enhanced economic expansion in Northeastern Wisconsin and beyond by bringing a startup accelerator, innovation lab and venture capital fund in a state-of-the-art workspace in Titletown.
Policy, who joined the Packers Aug. 1, 2012, has an extensive background which includes work in professional football with the Arena Football League and NFL, and broad legal experience with litigation, sports labor relations, sports facility construction and commercial real estate.
His professional sports experience includes nine years (2001-09) with the Arena Football League, including a period (2008-09) in which he served as commissioner, president and CEO. He also served as deputy commissioner and president (2006-08), chief operating officer (2004-06) and executive vice president – strategic league development and legal affairs (2001-04). During his tenure with the league, he oversaw all business and operations of the AFL, including strategic development, legal affairs, sales, finance, marketing, broadcasting, digital media, football operations, labor relations, events and human resources.
Policy also served as an executive consultant with the NFL (2009-10), a position in which he advised and assisted NFL senior management in strategic and development matters and also worked with senior executives on special projects within various business areas.
A Midwestern native, Policy was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree with honors in accounting with an emphasis in finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1993 and a law degree from Stanford University in 1996. In the Green Bay community, he serves on the board of directors of the Brown County United Way, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Green Bay YMCA, as well as on the community leadership council of Achieve Brown County.