Russ Brandon

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Russ Brandon (born 1967 or 1968)[1] is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League.[2]

Career[edit]

Brandon, an alumnus of Saint John Fisher College, joined the Bills in 1997, having previously worked in the front office of the Florida Marlins.[3]

Brandon was first named to a high-level executive position within the franchise in 2006, being named director of non-football operations alongside general manager Marv Levy. Brandon, although his title did not change, assumed Levy's responsibilities as de facto general manager after Levy retired. Brandon was promoted to CEO upon the hiring of Buddy Nix as the Bills general manager.

Among other things, he is credited with expanding the Buffalo Bills fan base throughout the Western New York/Southern Ontario region, and was instrumental in the deal for the Bills to play two games per season (one pre-season, one regular season) in Toronto, Canada, which many football fans have regarded as a sacrifice of home field advantage in favor of revenue. An influential NFL executive, Brandon also serves on several league business and marketing committees.

As CEO, Brandon increased his influence on the team and handled most of its day-to-day operations while owner Ralph Wilson's health began to decline. This culminated in Wilson officially naming Brandon as President on January 1, 2013, giving Brandon full control over the franchise. Brandon is only the third person to serve as President of the Bills, after Wilson and Tom Donahoe.[4]

Since Wilson's retirement, Brandon has served as the team's representative in owner's meetings in lieu of Wilson, a position he continues even as his widow inherited the trust that will hold ownership of the team.[5]

He has presided over the longest current playoff drought in the NFL - the Bills have not made it to the post season since the 1999 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pollock, Chuck (May 17, 2013). [1] Olean Times Herald. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  2. ^ Sabuda, Matt (March 18, 2012). "Russ Brandon Has Redefined the Buffalo Bills". Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Recalls turn Negrych into an All-Star. The Buffalo News. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Simon, Howard (1 January 2013). "Bills Owner Ralph Wilson Gives Up Control Of Franchise". WGR. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Graham, Tim (April 3, 2014). What does it mean that Mary Wilson is in control of the Buffalo Bills?. The Buffalo News. Retrieved April 3, 2014.