- Last name is pronounced BAN-yel.
- Joined the Packers as vice president of finance in August 2009; named vice president of finance and administration in July 2012.
- Beginning his 36th year in the sports and entertainment industry, including 16 years with the Milwaukee Brewers and six years with Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.
- A CPA and CGMA, received his accounting degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Paul Baniel is in his 14th year heading up the Green Bay Packers' financial operations and is in his 11th year serving as vice president of administration for the organization.
In addition to leading the daily operation of the club's finance, facility and information technology departments, Baniel (BAN-yel) represents the Packers at the NFL level on economic issues and leads strategic initiatives of the organization. He was integrally involved in Lambeau Field's $312 million expansion and renovation project in 2013, drawing on his experience with major projects with the Milwaukee Brewers and Potawatomi Hotel and Casino while in leadership roles in those organizations. Additional projects since 2013 include the team's $55 million project to renovate the stadium suites and club seats and ongoing updates to Lambeau Field's concourses and other guest amenities. He also is contributing to the work in Titletown, the organization's mixed-use real estate development on nearly 45 acres of land immediately west of Lambeau Field that is maximizing its unique location to attract visitors, spur regional economic growth, offer amenities to residents and complement the greater Green Bay area's draw as an excellent location to live, work, play and visit.
Baniel, a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant, also oversees the audit process and works closely with the organization's treasurer, the Board of Directors' audit and investment committees, and the stadium district.
"Paul is a key leader in our organization," said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy. "His experience in professional sports has been an important asset to the organization, especially during our recent significant work on Lambeau Field. We appreciate his strong leadership within the organization and the impact he has on our development efforts around Lambeau Field, including Titletown."
Baniel, who joined the Packers on July 30, 2009, moved to Green Bay from Milwaukee, where he had spent more than six years (2003-09) as the chief financial officer of Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. At Potawatomi, he helped lead the planning and construction of a $240 million expansion of the facility, which opened in 2008.
Prior to that, Baniel worked 16 years for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1986 through 2002. He served as the team's vice president of finance as well as treasurer and secretary for the final seven years of his tenure (1995-2002), coordinating the financing for the construction of what was then called Miller Park.
Baniel, 60, also worked for three years (1983-86) at the Milwaukee office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a worldwide public accounting firm, before joining the Brewers.
A Milwaukee native, Baniel graduated from Hamilton High School in nearby Sussex and earned his accounting degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1983. He earned his CPA certification that same year and is a member of several financial and accounting organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Financial Executives International, and the Institute of Management Accountants. In the community, he serves on the board of directors for the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and previously served on the boards of directors of The New North and Special Olympics Wisconsin.
Baniel and his wife, Nancy, reside in Green Bay and have four grown children: Nick, Claire, Mary and Abby.
In his spare time, Baniel enjoys travel, golf, bicycling and hiking.