CEO Speaker Series: Ken Sawyer (BSc’71) CEO, Pittsburgh Penguins


CEO Speaker Series
Ken Sawyer (BSc'71), CEO, Pittsburgh Penguins

**Open to Desautels Alumni & Students

Friday, February 5, 2010
9:00AM - 10:00AM
Samuel Bronfman Building
3rd Floor Lounge

Please note that space is limited.

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CEO Ken Sawyer is in his 11th season as a senior executive with the Penguins, including his fifth season as CEO. In his current role, he is in charge of all of the Penguins’ operations, including the construction of the new Consol Energy Center.

Sawyer has overseen the development of the new arena and its financing, culminating with the announcement by state and local officials of an arena funding plan in March, 2007 – which ensured the Penguins’ long-term future in Pittsburgh. The Consol Energy Center will open for the start of the 2010-11 NHL season.

Sawyer also helped reshape the Penguins’ fortunes on the ice when he hired Ray Shero as executive vice president and general manager in May, 2006.

Sawyer represents the Penguins in all league matters and is a member of the NHL’s Board of Governors.

He joined the Penguins in 1999 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and has been a key advisor to Mario Lemieux throughout his tenure. He steered the Penguins through a vast rebuilding program, the NHL lockout and the quest for a new arena, and his efforts culminated in a Stanley Cup championship in 2009.

Sawyer’s career spans 38 years – including 14 as the Chief Financial Officer of the National Hockey League and the past 10 as an executive of the Penguins. He served as team president from 2003 until January of 2006, when he was named CEO.

Sawyer is a graduate of McGill University in his native Montreal. He and his wife, Shirley, reside in Pittsburgh. They have two sons and three grandchildren.