Longtime Bears president, CEO Ted Phillips declares he’ll retire after 2022 season

September 2, 2022

Following almost 40 years with the group and 23 in his present roles, Ted Phillips introduced Friday he’ll retire as Chicago Bears staff president and chief govt officer following the conclusion of the 2022 season.

“I’ve been actually blessed with the dignity of working for the Chicago Bears for 40 seasons and look ahead to main the staff via the 2022 season. I admire the assist of the McCaskey household and to be concerned in overseeing this wonderful development of the Chicago Bears via the years, is a dream come true,” Phillips said in a press launch. “Day-after-day has been a real pleasure and being surrounded by so many gifted and fantastic folks has made my job richly rewarding on many ranges. I’ll at all times bleed blue and orange and without end be proud to be part of the Chicago Bears household.”

Phillips, who was beforehand a tax accountant and auditor, joined the Bears in 1983 because the staff’s controller, was employed because the staff’s vice chairman of operations in 1993 and has served as Chicago’s CEO and president since 1999.

“It is troublesome to place into phrases how a lot Ted has meant to the Bears and our household. The religion that Virginia and Ed McCaskey positioned in him by naming him President and CEO of the Bears has been rewarded many instances over,” Bears chairman George McCaskey said. “He is the very best boss I ever had, and once I turned his boss, he dealt with it graciously, as he has so many different conditions. He’s held in excessive regard by his friends across the league, and deservedly so. We’re fortunate to have had him right here so long as we did.”

Formally named staff president and CEO on Feb. 10, 1999, Phillips turned simply the fourth individual to function president within the membership’s 102-year historical past and the primary outdoors of the Halas-McCaskey household (George Halas, George Halas, Jr., and Michael McCaskey beforehand held the position.).

Phillips is credited with overseeing the transformation of the membership’s operational bases in Chicago and Halas Corridor in Lake Forest, Illinois. The staff relocated employees from Soldier Area to a downtown workplace area in 2018. Previous to that, Phillips guided a Halas Corridor renovation that added greater than 30,000 sq. toes to the staff’s headquarters. From 2017-19, Phillips additionally captained one other Halas Corridor renovation.

Most just lately, Phillips restructured the entrance workplace by including a senior vice chairman of variety, fairness and inclusion through the 2021 season.

Throughout Phillips’ tenure as president and CEO — which featured six head coaches, together with present coach Matt Eberflus — the Bears’ on-field accomplishments included 5 division championships and a Tremendous Bowl look within the 2006 season.