President and CEO, Chicago Bears
Ted Phillips was named President and Chief Executive Officer for the Chicago Bears on February 10, 1999. He is the fourth person to serve as president in the organization's storied 88-year history following Michael McCaskey, George "Mugs" Halas, Jr., and George S. Halas. Upon taking the reins of one of the most historic teams in professional sports, Phillips set a course for the Bears to rejoin the NFL's elite. His plan revolves around creating the best fan experience possible and bringing a 10th championship to the league's premier franchise. In nine years, Phillips has reorganized the team's football and business operations along with bringing one of the nation's top football stadiums to Chicago.
With the foundation in place, Bears fans have reasons to be excited. An NFL veteran with 25 years of experience with the Chicago Bears, he is involved in all critical decisions of the Bears, overseeing all aspects of the organization. He has revived the team's proud tradition and orchestrated a team structure to deliver success on and off the field. Phillips has espoused a philosophy of surrounding himself with high character, intelligent and driven individuals who share common goals, striving to make all aspects of the Bears organization the best in the NFL. Emphasizing a team work ethic, Phillips believes that no one area is more important than the overall organization. That philosophy of success at every level of the organization was crucial in the Bears returning to the Super Bowl for the first time in 21 years following the 2006 campaign. Phillips’ other highlights include hiring the team's first general manager in over 14 years, reorganizing the club's business operations, returning the Bears training camp to Illinois and presiding over three division championships (2001, 2005 and 2006) after the club went over a decade without winning one.
Soldier Field's atmosphere provides a distinct home field advantage for the team, while allowing patrons to enjoy a first-class experience in the stands, with close to the field seating, outstanding sightlines and high level NFL amenities that are well deserved by the NFL's most enthusiastic and passionate fans. Among the many local and national awards, the Soldier Field project was selected by the NY Times as one of the nation's best architectural buildings in 2003, and Midwest Construction selected Soldier Field as "Overall Project of the Year".
During the 2001 off-season, Phillips hired Jerry Angelo, giving new direction to the Bears football operations. He went on to extend Angelo's contract following the 2003 and 2006 seasons, creating continuity and stability across the front office.
Fans have responded favorably since the Bears training camp returned to the State of Illinois in 2002, turning out in record numbers over the three-week training period with some practice crowds exceeding 10,000 in attendance on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.
Phillips served as the Bears' Vice President of Operations for six seasons starting in 1993. Recognized for his many years of handling the Bears' contract negotiations and team finances, Phillips is currently one of only two individuals in the NFL to serve on both the NFL Working Club Executive committee and the NFL Senior Club Executive committee, whose mission is to analyze both the financial and football operations aspects of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The NFL salary cap system is widely regarded as the best overall financial system in professional sports. Before becoming Vice President of Operations, Phillips served as the Director of Finance from 1987 to 1993, handling all player contract negotiations and overseeing the club's business operations. Phillips joined the Bears staff on September 28, 1983, as the team's Controller, a position he held for four years.
Prior to joining the Bears, Phillips was employed as an auditor and tax accountant with the international accounting firm Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young), from 1979-83. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1979 with a degree in business and accounting. Phillips earned a master of marketing and management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University in 1989. Phillips was born in Oneida, N.Y., and grew up in Nashua, N.H.
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