Was: Team president
Now: President of baseball operations
Background: 38. … Joined Rays in 2004 as director of strategic planning, took over as president when Stuart Sternberg assumed ownership in October 2005. … Has overseen rebranding, stadium renovations and talks, business-side issues while also involved in baseball business. … Worked previously with Sternberg at Goldman Sachs brokerage in New York. … Has bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard. … Native of Dallas. … Lives in St. Petersburg with wife, Andrea, and daughter, Alexa.
Quote: "Andrew, Stu and I first started talking about working together back in 2003. I could not have imagined then what we've experienced since. Those memories as well as our friendship will last a lifetime. Throughout our organization, we have tremendous talent, camaraderie and dedication. I've had the pleasure of working closely with our baseball staff for years alongside Andrew, and I'm looking forward to our new work together as we strive to get back to our winning ways."
Was: Senior VP, business operations
Now: Team president
Background: 37. … Joined Rays in June 2005 as director of planning and development, assisting Silverman. … Has overseen marketing, ticket sales, fan experience and stadium operations. … Worked as lead teacher and director of development at East Palo Alto (Calif.) Charter School. … Has MBA from Harvard Business School, bachelor's in economics, master's in education from Stanford. … Native of Berkeley, Calif. … Lives in St. Petersburg with wife, Molly, and young children Lucy and Jack.
Quote: "For nearly 10 years, I have had the pleasure of working alongside and being mentored by Matt and Stu. Their leadership has made our business synonymous with intelligence and integrity, and I will work hard to live up to that well-deserved reputation. The Rays executive team is among the longest tenured and very best in sports. I can't emphasize enough how fortunate I am to have their support as we look ahead to the future."
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer