Ed Policy named next Packers President and CEO

Policy, who’s entering his 13th year overall with the organization and seventh as chief operating officer, was elected by the Packers Board of Directors

Ed Policy, the Green Bay Packers’ chief operating officer and general counsel, has been elected as the organization’s next Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, a position he will formally assume in July of 2025 at the Packers Annual Meeting of Shareholders when Mark Murphy officially retires from the role.

Policy, who’s entering his 13th year overall with the organization and seventh as chief operating officer, was elected by the Packers Board of Directors as the franchise’s 11th Chief Executive Officer Monday morning in a unanimous vote, upon recommendation of the search committee led by chair Susan Finco and vice chair Dan Ariens.

Murphy will continue to lead the Packers over the next 13 months and will work with Policy during a transition period that will include the upcoming season and culminate in July of 2025. Additionally, Policy will remain in his COO role until that time.

The organization’s search began with initial work by the Executive Committee in early 2023 and continued with the formation of the search committee in May. 

The search committee worked through a list of more than 90 prospects, applicants and referrals, with a number of candidates considered from across the NFL, sports, business and entertainment. The committee then conducted virtual and in-person interviews in June which led to the recommendation of Policy.

The Packers Board of Directors search committee, in addition to Finco and Ariens, is comprised of Board Members who represent a diverse cross section of skills and industries. It includes Mike Simmer (treasurer, executive committee), DJ Long (executive committee, personnel and compensation committee), Marcia Anderson (executive committee), Karl Schmidt (executive committee), Michael Barber (Packers Foundation chair), Jeff Joerres (investment committee chair), Eddie Garcia (former player, board member at-large), Robyn Davis (board member at-large) and Mike Daniels (board member at-large).

Policy, in addition to directing the organization's legal affairs, has represented the Packers at the NFL level on legal matters and leads the organization's communications, marketing and fan engagement, sales and business development, security, and development and hospitality departments.

He also has led the club's endeavors to develop Titletown, a 45-acre mixed-use real estate development immediately west of Lambeau Field. Titletown maximizes 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 on a year-round basis. A chief component of the development spearheaded by Policy is TitletownTech, a joint venture with Microsoft that consists of a venture capital fund, an innovation lab and a new-venture studio.

Policy's 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.

He 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.

Earlier in his career, Policy practiced law at Thompson Hine LLP in Cleveland (1999-2001), where his work included litigation, sports labor relations, sports facility construction and commercial real estate, and also at Heller Ehrman in San Francisco (1994-99). He is a member of the state bars of California and Ohio, and a member of the Sports Lawyers Association. He is a three-time recipient of the SportsBusiness Journal's Forty Under 40 award in recognition of his achievements in sports business, and a member of the Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame.

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 or has served on the boards of directors of the Brown County United Way, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Discover Green Bay and the Green Bay YMCA, as well as on the community leadership council of Achieve Brown County.

 

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GregC's picture

June 24, 2024 at 10:10 am

I looked up his age. He's 53. Quite an impressive resume. He was the obvious choice, but they did their due diligence. Of course the big question is whether he will preserve Mark Murphy's management structure or go back to having the GM make all football decisions. I'd like to see the Packers go back to the previous structure. I think what Murphy did has worked okay but was more of a crisis management plan. The crisis has passed--at least as far as I can tell. You never know what's going on behind the scenes.

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jont's picture

June 24, 2024 at 10:15 am

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Leatherhead's picture

June 24, 2024 at 10:20 am

The current structure has put one of the best teams in the league on the field. I like not having the GM be the boss of the HC.

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Swisch's picture

June 24, 2024 at 10:50 am

We were extremely lucky to get out of that last contract for Aaron Rodgers in all of its woefulness.
If the president overruled the GM on that decision, let's learn from that mistake before we make another mistake that really lingers on and causes lasting harm.
In any case, it seems we should let the GM be the GM -- that is, ultimately making the decisions about players and coaches.

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Leatherhead's picture

June 24, 2024 at 11:19 am

Lucky, or good planning?

I like this, with an independent GM, HC, and CFO, all reporting to the CEO. If Ball, Gutekunst, and LaFleur are working together, then the CEO doesn't really have to get involved in anything. If there is a difference of opinion, then he does. I'm pretty confident that there were some different opinions before they signed that contract to Rodgers.

Gutekunst thought Love was ready to play after two years. LaFleur probably liked the idea of the MVP returning.

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Coldworld's picture

June 24, 2024 at 04:49 pm

You have constantly referred to Murphy being a football guy—a former player, athletic director— as justifying the change to him being the executive head of football as opposed to of the Packers with a GM filling that role. Policy is a sports lawyer and administrator who seems to have business acumen, but he is not and never has been a player personnel guy. Yet you still defend the structure despite the loss of your key prior justification. I guess the justification was just one for accepting whatever they do regardless.

If Policy is a good hire, he will know his limitations and that success requires a return to a split role. Frankly, the Board should have insisted upon it. There was a reason we had that structure, with Murphy gone, there’s no longer even a pretence of a justification for the new one. We will see, but blind deference is a sure way to hell and so is letting an administrator overrule on field/roster decisions on a regular basis in any franchise and any sport.

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LLCHESTY's picture

June 24, 2024 at 05:11 pm

Congrats, you said that a lot nicer than I would have.

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Leatherhead's picture

June 25, 2024 at 09:34 am

''''If Policy is a good hire, he will know his limitations and that success requires a return to a split role. '''''

You're assuming facts not in evidence. Why does success require a return to the way we did things 30 years ago?

As far as being a football guy.......this site is full of people who aren't football guys who think they could be GMs. Policy won't be in charge until next year and you're already shoveling shit on him.

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Bitternotsour's picture

June 25, 2024 at 06:35 pm

you just gave the game away. none of us are capable of being NFL gms. Neither is Policy.

He's a suit Leatherhead. Also, it's not the way things were done 30 years ago, it's how things were FIXED 30 years ago, and that system served the team particularly well for the next 25 years. The change to having everything flow to a defacto owner was 5 years ago when Murphy usurped the role. Policy is a lawyer who has worked on real estate deals. He's the son of a suit, who successfully served the mobster owner of another franchise. He has no more business meddling in personnel decisions than do any of us commenting on this board.

He should be responsible for hiring a GM/President of Football Ops and getting out of the way. The end.

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GregC's picture

June 24, 2024 at 11:35 am

They had a lot of success with the previous structure too. I think it's better to have the GM in charge of all football decisions because it makes the job more attractive for experienced candidates. I'm hoping Gutekunst stays with the Packers for awhile though!

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LLCHESTY's picture

June 24, 2024 at 12:51 pm

Exactly, even though he has worked in football for many years it looks like he has no experience in the coaching/GM side of things, which is fine but he then has no business making football decisions. When Murphy 1st devised this solo structure I said they should have a business president and a football operations president.

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June 24, 2024 at 04:07 pm

He’s been in football his whole life with a great mentor being his father. Highly doubt he will have trouble making good football decisions.

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Coldworld's picture

June 24, 2024 at 04:56 pm

His father was a lawyer who worked on helping a franchise corporately restructure. He wax t a football guy. Ed Policy is also a lawyer and focused on corporate governance and management in the now significant sports management field. Neither have a scintilla of personnel or on field experience. Neither should be making football decisions on an executive basis or feel qualified to do so.

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TheTaxiSquad's picture

June 25, 2024 at 01:04 am

The GM does make all the football decisions. Stop lying

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GregC's picture

June 25, 2024 at 06:54 am

The GM is in charge of the roster, but the team president makes the call on hiring and firing coaches.

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Leatherhead's picture

June 25, 2024 at 09:36 am

Before, the GM made the decisions and the Prez was his boss. Now, the GM is in charge of personnel and the Prez is is boss.

Considering these decisions affect the coach and the CFO, I don't understand why they should be made exclusively by the GM.

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GregC's picture

June 25, 2024 at 09:55 am

It's the way most teams do business, including the Packers up until six years ago. The current Packers set-up is not more modern, it's just a lesser-used alternative. What I like about having the GM in charge of hiring the head coach is that the GM job is more likely to attract good candidates that way, and it also assures continuity between the players and the head coach. There's no chance that the GM will get stuck with a coach who is not of his choosing, which could lead to the GM picking players who are not the best match for the coach.

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Leatherhead's picture

June 25, 2024 at 11:44 am

These players who might or might not get chosen.......

Under the old way, Scouting and Personnel would both report to the GM, and create the board. The GM could make trades and was in charge of the draft.

Under the new way, Scouting and Personnel report to the GM and create a board. The GM makes trades and is in charge of the draft.

I don't see what's changed. The only thing is that if the GM wants to fire the HC, he's going to have to ask the Prez.

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Bitternotsour's picture

June 25, 2024 at 06:42 pm

and when the president says no, the GM has been usurped and is a dead man walking. It's a stupid scenario. Mark Murphy made himself into Jerry fucking Jones.

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13TimeChamps's picture

June 25, 2024 at 08:05 pm

Mark Murphy has more NFL football experience/knowledge in the tip of his pinky than you two clowns. But it's cute that you think otherwise. Comparing Murphy to Jerry Jones pretty much says it all.

I'll save your mentor's time and brain cells by posting his usual highly intellectual response....."Whatever Princess".

I'm a fan of Murphy's tenure overall. Has it been perfect? No. Neither was Bob "he who walks on water" Harlen's. Remember Ray Rhodes and promoting Mike Sherman to GM under his watch?

I think Brian Gutekunst is one of the best GM's in the league. That happened under Murphy's watch, just like promoting Sherman to GM under Harlan's. I trust 1265's decision to promote Policy. I look forward to a long and successful future moving forward.

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Bitternotsour's picture

June 27, 2024 at 07:52 am

I assume you weren't sentient during the Harlan years. Wolf hired Rhodes and he promoted Sherman. The end.

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13TimeChamps's picture

June 27, 2024 at 09:17 am

We're talking about team Presidents, not GMs. If Murphy can be criticized for personnel decisions under his watch, so can Harlan.

Try and keep up...or be more sentient.

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Bitternotsour's picture

June 27, 2024 at 09:23 am

Not a matter of keeping up, you're just not bright.

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13TimeChamps's picture

June 27, 2024 at 09:29 am

I've made my point...take a peek at the title of the article...it might help.

If you want to keep blabbering on about it, by all means, carry on. It'll just shine a light on your lack of reading comprehension.

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Bitternotsour's picture

June 27, 2024 at 11:47 am

again, you're just not too smart. i'm sure that was apparent as you wove your way thru 11th grade.

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13TimeChamps's picture

June 27, 2024 at 12:59 pm

Great comeback. I'm totally crushed.

Now go bother someone else little man. I'm not interested.

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Leatherhead's picture

June 27, 2024 at 10:18 am

The Princess can't have a discussion with you without mentioning me, but she's not obsessed.

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13TimeChamps's picture

June 27, 2024 at 10:27 am

Whatever, chickensh*t.

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Leatherhead's picture

June 27, 2024 at 10:32 am

Whatever, Princess.

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13TimeChamps's picture

June 27, 2024 at 10:47 am

Whatever, chickensh*t.

We can do this all day. I thought you wanted to talk football. I was through with this conversation two days ago when your little sidekick decided to bring me back into it. I was engaging him about football matters....then, of course...you had to jump in.

He made an asinine comment. I responded to it. Unlike you, I don't back down. How about letting him fight his own battles. Is that ok with you chickensh*t?

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Leatherhead's picture

June 27, 2024 at 10:55 am

You want to talk football? Then talk football, for a change, and leave your obsession with me out of it. But you can't. You've shown that.

Your last paragraph says it all about you. You come here to fight. To antagonize, to insult. To show how virtuous you are. You damn sure don't come here to talk football.

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13TimeChamps's picture

June 27, 2024 at 11:12 am

I was talking football. With BNS, not you. There was nothing to leave you out of. We were disagreeing about the role of team prez vs GM, when he decided to insult my intelligence because he realized he was looking ridiculous and lacked an intelligent response.

This isn't the first time you've inserted yourself into conversations I was having with another poster. Once again, I'll try and leave this conversation. If you, or your little buddy. want to keep dragging me back into it, that's on you two, not me.

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Bitternotsour's picture

June 27, 2024 at 02:39 pm

i decided to insult your intelligence because it's such low hanging fruit. you aren't bright. you are vaguely provocative, but not in any particularly interesting way. just a nuisance, which i'm relatively sure is your intent.

which one of us is the little buddy, btw. i always rather fancied myself the professor, but these days I'm a little more Thurston Howell lll

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13TimeChamps's picture

June 27, 2024 at 03:22 pm

I've asked you nicely to move on, but apparently I'm living rent free in your head, so you can't. Maybe you should go back to insulting black people.

I find it interesting to have my intelligence questioned by someone who uses cultural references from Gilligan's Island. Personally, the only thing I vaguely remember about that crappy show was Ginger and Maryanne. But obviously, you took that show much more serious than I did. Good for you.

Now please move on. You'll feel better, I promise.

The end.

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Oppy's picture

June 25, 2024 at 07:44 pm

Here's what changed:

The Bob Harlan way:
The President handles all non-football matters- everyday business and executive decisions- the only football decision he makes is the hiring/firing of the general manager. The General Manager has total control of football operations. He is the final word on all things football. Hire a coach? GM. Fire the coach? GM. Free agency? GM. Draft? GM. It is a single, unified vision at the end of the day for football operations- the buck stops with the GM.

The Mark Murphy way:
The President handles all non-football matters- everyday business and executive decisions. He also hires/fires the GM. He also hires/fires the HC. He also hires/fires the contracts/finance guy. All three of those positions are considered heads of their respective areas. All three of them report directly to Murphy, and Murphy thereby decides the course of action that will ultimately be taken. GM wants to build a team based around speed and athleticism? He approaches Murphy with the plan. The HC wants to run an old school power offense? He takes it to Murphy. So now we have a coach and a GM that could be on two different pages. Oh, by the way- the Player Salary / Cap guy? Yeah, his idea of building a winning roster involves leveraging the cap down the road to keep aging players today, even though the GM wants to rebuild the roster and maintain a balanced checkbook. By the way, the diva QB has been petitioning the President to do things -his- way, which is in opposition to the HC AND the GM's vision. The President thinks the QB is peachy keen, so he tells the capologist to make it happen.

What a shit show. You really can't see the difference between the Harlan way and the Murphy way?

Bob Harlan set his policy (um, no pun intended) to pull GB out of the cellar. Why? Because GB had a bunch of local businessmen who don't know shit about football trying to make football decisions, and beyond that, too many witches spoil the proverbial brew. Harlan kept the board out of the football decisions, and made sure the team was unified under the direction and vision of a singular GM who was given the berth to do what he saw fit with team. Generally speaking, our GM's have wielded this responsibility with great respect and care, trickling down the power- that is, the GM hires a head coach, and allows the coach to do his thing. They work as a team, but at the end of the day, it all falls on the GM. If the GM feels the HC isn't doing a good job and needs replaced- he does just that. He doesn't tamper. He doesn't undercut authority. He lets the HC go and hires his replacement. The President handles the GM in the same fashion- it's hands off unless the GM isn't doing a good job and needs to be replaced. The President didn't take it upon himself to make decisions, take over responsibilities, undercut authority. He fires the GM and hires a new man for the job.

Now, I do believe that somewhere in the last 2 years Murphy came to his senses and let the GM fully resume control of the ship again.. but there were many lost years since Ted's decline where Murphy was tampering and the three-headed monster of HC, GM, and Capologist (and let's be honest, QB#1) all being equal spokes to Murphy's hub wasn't a good situation.

I hope Policy knows his recent Packers history when it comes to organizational structure better than you do. We would do well to fully commit to the Harlan model once again.

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Bitternotsour's picture

June 25, 2024 at 09:27 pm

unimpeachable truth. leatherhead painted himself into a corner and now he can't get out.

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Leatherhead's picture

June 25, 2024 at 09:53 pm

A good reply, Oppy. After I've slept on it and had some coffee, I'lll get back to you. But on one point I have to interject: If the GM wants to replace the HC, he can. All he has to do is convince the Prez it's in the best interest of the club.

Y'all seem to think it's a bunch of individuals running their own agendas. I don't think that's the way it is.

https://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2018/01/08/packers-...

Nobody has shown why the way we did it 30 years ago is the way we have to keep doing it. I don't think it's true.

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Oppy's picture

June 25, 2024 at 10:12 pm

The reason we should do it the Harlan Way, and not the Murphy model- in my opinion:

31 other teams in the NFL have owners that act as the end-all, be-all decision makers. It falls along a scale, but many of those owners tamper and undercut and impose their own will upon their GM's, HC's, etc at some point or another- some more than others. This is basically the Murphy model (with the obvious difference that Murphy is not an owner and of course could be revoked of his title by the board.)

The Harlan model is almost completely unique because we don't have a owner who can simply do whatever he wants and that's that. I would say there are two or three other organizations who have owners that do a good job of hiring the man for the job and stepping out of their way. Those teams tend to be winners over the long haul.

At the end of the day, I look at the W-L columns across the league over the last 30 years, and I compare that to the Packers success. That's why I believe we should keep doing it the same way we have for the better part of the last 30 years. The Harlan way sure seems to have convincing evidence that perhaps the Packers do it better than "the other way".

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Leatherhead's picture

June 27, 2024 at 11:05 am

I appreciate you spelling this out for me Oppy.

I think that people should look at the W-L columns, and compare that to the Packers success.

Since the change, from 2019-2024, Matt LaFleur has the highest winning percentage of any active coach (meaning, the Packers have been winning games), and one of the highest percentages of all-time.

In fact.....the winning percentage is actually BETTER than it was during the previous 25 years. Murphy Model > Harlan Model.

I understand your concern that in the Murphy Model, the Prez might be able to act like a rogue owner who is accountable to nobody, and who interferes with the team to its detriment. We've all seen that happen plenty of times all over the league.

The difference, which you acknowledge, is that he's not the owner. He answers to the Board. The Board doesn't want him interfering. So before he pulls the HC over and "pressures" him, he has to consider that.

As far as I can tell, and by the evidence of W/L since the change, the new system works. I can't get behind this notion that we should turn around and go back.

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TKWorldWide's picture

June 24, 2024 at 10:15 am

I’m sure his family is very proud of him, but it is widely held that his brother ‘Honesty’ is the best…

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Spock's picture

June 24, 2024 at 11:13 am

Yeah, it's like the two brothers I know, "I.M. Available" never calls, but his brother "Not Available" is a real phone pest.

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splitpea1's picture

June 24, 2024 at 11:11 am

Let's hope success runs in the family and he can help bring a few Super Bowl wins home like his father did (his motto was: "Winning with class"). As noted by a previous commenter, maybe it starts with adopting the traditional management structure.

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Bitternotsour's picture

June 24, 2024 at 11:02 pm

which is kinda funny "winning with class", because he worked for eddie debartolo who was a mobster.

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NFLfan's picture

June 24, 2024 at 11:15 am

Mark Murphy spent a large portion of his time helping develop 'Titletown'. Somehow, I don't see MM detaching from his 'baby'.
I wonder if he will remain in GB in some capacity?
I would imagine there will be restructuring of job descriptions but it might not return to pre-MM days.
Should LaFleur report to Gute? I don't see that happening either. (just a feeling)

I heard that Policy moved to the Green Bay some time ago and has been positioning himself for this job for some time.

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Leatherhead's picture

June 24, 2024 at 11:22 am

''''Should LaFleur report to Gute? I don't see that either.''''

I think it's best when the GM and HC work hand in glove. If they're butting heads, and working at cross purposes, the team will not be successful. It's the HC's job to work with what he has but it's the GM's job to get the HC what he needs.

It's not 1970, or 1995 anymore. Times change.

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June 24, 2024 at 11:27 am

@LH-I get that-- but LF has been reporting to someone else for 5 years and I don't see LF being comfortable with it. Matt has been blind-sided a number of times by Gute. Policy strikes me as a more skilled and likely more nuanced communicator than Gute, who has challenges with interpersonal communication. I think MM sensed that as well.

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Bitternotsour's picture

June 24, 2024 at 12:40 pm

They clearly can work hand in glove with one working for the other. Mark Murphy usurped the role, it should be returned. If not, Gute can walk without compensation for a job where he gets to actually run more than personnel and scouting (you know, a traditional GM role, like Ted Thompson and Ron Wolf had).

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June 24, 2024 at 12:46 pm

You and I agree on a number of things, but not this. The "usurping" thing baffles me: What power or authority did Murphy "usurp". He was the GM's boss before the restructure, and he's still the GMs boss.

The HC benefited from the restructure, putting him on the same level as the GM and the CFO. That just makes more sense to me.

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LLCHESTY's picture

June 24, 2024 at 12:59 pm

They also run the risk of ass kissing. Football decisions shouldn't be made based on who can pucker up the most. Looking at his resume IMO they shouldn't be made by Policy at all, he's a lawyer who has been on the business side of things. His only job on the football side should be to hire the football people and then get out of the way.

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Oppy's picture

June 25, 2024 at 10:16 pm

He'll be a director emeritus, just like the previous men who've filled his role, and he'll be involved in some capacity, just like the previous men who've filled his role.

Should MLF report to Gute? Well, yeah, he really should- technically. At the end of the day, however, it's best if they work together as a team in a partnership capacity.. but the type of partnership where the HC has 49% stake and the GM has 51%.

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marpag1's picture

June 24, 2024 at 12:13 pm

Yup.

Maybe the search committee did have a list of 90 candidates, but I feel pretty confident we could have written this story 5 years ago and probably would have gotten almost all of it right. I don't think there was much doubt here.

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Bitternotsour's picture

June 24, 2024 at 12:42 pm

they had to interview some candidates of color and perhaps a woman or two. but you are correct, as is often the case the fix was in.

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June 24, 2024 at 12:22 pm

Wow, what a surprise! They went in-house after a sham recruitment and hired Murphy's hand-picked successor. Who saw that coming!!

Kind of like when they undertook a sham recruitment for GM and went in-house to pick Ted's understudy.

Sometimes new blood and a new perspective is good for an organization.

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mnbadger's picture

June 24, 2024 at 12:34 pm

I can't agree or disagree egbert. Like a draft choice, we'll have to see how it plays out.
No idea who this guy was 10 minutes ago.
Reading his resume, it looks like his path was fairly well lubricated for him.
Legacy is more meaningful than most other things in big business.
policy has the pelts on the wall, he got the job
I hope and pray that he allows me to continue to be proud to put wear my cheesehead.
If he does that, I don't care about any of the rest.
GPG!

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June 24, 2024 at 01:36 pm

This guy has an impressive resume and needed experience for this job. They know him well. They know his style, his skills, his personality and his ability to lead. I don’t get why people disagree so much with promoting from within an organization. Management training teaches succession management as a key part of keeping an organization, healthy. If you’ve got somebody who shows the talent and ability to grow, why not keep them on board? Why not promote them? Green Bay has been one of the most successful organizations in the league for the last 30 years. It’s not like they needed to clean house to get rid of a poor organizational culture. It’s the opposite. Along with the Steelers and the Patriots, they are top of the league and wins over the last couple of decades.

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dark41's picture

June 24, 2024 at 03:11 pm

Well said WCPB. As a middle manager in factories for several decades, I've always been in favor of promoting from within whenever possible. As well as all the reasons you've mentioned, people under him have experience with him and know what he values, what he'll allow and what he won't, and how to communicate effectively. Any time you hire from the outside, there are many more unknown variables that only time will bring to light. Go Pack go! :)

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Bitternotsour's picture

June 24, 2024 at 12:37 pm

First off, congrats to Ed. Q: is it Policy who has been big footing it with the city of Green Bay and the mayor? Hey Ed, maybe be a good neighbor and corporate citizen and be fair with the city.

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Since'61's picture

June 24, 2024 at 01:40 pm

Policy has a very strong resume for his upcoming role in the Packers organization. I like the fact that he will have a 13 month transition period. That is good for him and the organzation. Once he is fully in charge (after July 2025) I hope that he returns to a more traditional structure and names Gute GM and the Head of Football Operations like Bob Harlan did with Ron Wolf. It makes for a cleaner chain of command and separates the football side of the organization from the non-football operations.

I wish Mr. Policy the best of luck in his new role. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

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Spock's picture

June 24, 2024 at 02:13 pm

Well said, Since '61. This mirrors my thoughts as well.

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LeotisHarris's picture

June 24, 2024 at 07:53 pm

Huh, that's something. Like so many of you, I was expecting an outsider given the corporate players on the BOD. I'd heard terrific things about the GM of Kwik Trip #762 on George Street in La Crosse, and apparently there was some support for Festival Foods' Senior Frozen Foods Czar, but Ed Policy it is.

I suppose if the tenders of the dumpster fire can give the nod to some middle-aged Notre Dame and Stanford educated bean counter/ambulance chaser with years of experience, an impressive skill set, and deep ties to the community, well, then I guess I can continue to pretend any of this matters for another season at least.

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MitchAnthony's picture

June 24, 2024 at 08:14 pm

Hire from within, hire from the outside. Sometimes one works. Sometimes the other works. It just depends.

Ron Wolf was an outside hire. He worked out great. He worked out so great that many wanted Green Bay to go inside and hire Eliot Wolf as GM instead of Brian Gutekunst, also an inside hire. Ray Rhodes was an inside hire and, errrrr, well, never mind. Mike McCarthy and Matt LaFleur came from the outside. They worked out well. Mark Murphy was nobody's insider when Green Bay first hired him.

Again, it just depends.

I could care less about Ed Policy coming from inside the Packer structure. It may just give him a leg up on a good transition. I wish him all the best. Looking at his age (53) he's got like the next 22 years to figure it out because, its the Packers. Unless you screw up badly or decide on your own to leave from this position, it is yours baby.

I would echo the concerns of a few others and hope they would go back to the pre-Murphy span of control. I kinda think that won't happen though. Who comes in and says they want to give up that much power?

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GregC's picture

June 24, 2024 at 09:33 pm

He's got 17 years. Mandatory retirement at age 70.

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MitchAnthony's picture

June 25, 2024 at 11:42 am

Thank you Greg, you are correct. It is 17 years.

Still a good tenure if you don't mess it up. Green Bay is a very forgiving organization to be with, if they like you.

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