UA Presents Executive of the Year Award to San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer
TUCSON, Ariz. – April 2, 2013 – Larry Baer, president and CEO of the San Francisco Giants, will be recognized as the 2013 University of Arizona Executive of the Year on Friday, April 19, at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa (3800 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson).
“It’s our pleasure to honor Larry — not only because of the success he and his team at the San Francisco Giants have had on and off the field, but also because Larry is an exceptional, giving person who devotes much of his life to helping others,” said Len Jessup, dean of the Eller College of Management. “He has graciously taken a lot of time out of his schedule to offer his sage advice here in Tucson and in San Francisco with students in Eller’s growing, successful Sports Management Program.”
A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Baer has a national reputation as a visionary in professional sports. A limited partner of the Giants’ ownership group, he was named team president October 1, 2008 and CEO on January 1, 2012. In his first year as president and CEO, the Giants won their second World Series Championship in three years and extended the team’s home sellout streak to 165 regular season games by drawing over three million fans.
His initial tenure with the Giants began in 1980, when he joined the club as marketing director after earning Phi Beta Kappa honors at the University of California. In 1983, he left the Giants to attend Harvard Business School, followed by four years at Westinghouse Broadcasting in San Francisco and New York. He finally returned to the Giants in December 1992 from CBS, Inc. in New York. Beginning in December 1992, he served as executive vice president and was named chief operating officer of the franchise in May 1996. That same year, he was named president of the China Basin Ballpark Corporation (CBBC), a private entity formed by Giants investors to finance and build the new ballpark, which opened in April 2000.
The University of Arizona Executive of the Year program was established by the Eller College National Board of Advisors in 1983 to honor individuals who exemplify executive qualities in private enterprise and public service. Recent honorees include former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (2012) and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (2011).
Tickets are $80 per person or $800 for a table of ten. Registration is at eller.arizona.edu/eoy.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #12 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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