Paul Beeston

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Paul Beeston
Born Paul McGill Beeston
(1945-06-20) June 20, 1945 (age 70)
Welland, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Known for Major League Baseball executive
Awards Order of Canada
Beeston is a member of the Toronto Blue Jays' Level of Excellence

Paul McGill Beeston, CM (born June 20, 1945) is a Canadian former professional baseball executive. He was the president of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1997 to 2002, and the president of the Toronto Blue Jays from 1989 to 1997, and again from 2008 to 2015. He also worked as the president of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 1994. Beeston retired on October 31, 2015, and was replaced by Mark Shapiro as president and CEO of the Blue Jays.

Career[edit]

Beeston earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics/political science from Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario in 1967. He obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1971 and worked for Coopers & Lybrand until 1976.[1]

Beeston was the first employee of the Toronto Blue Jays, joining in 1976. He became vice president of business operations in 1977, executive vice president in 1984, president and chief operating officer in 1989, and president and chief executive officer in 1991. In 1994, he served as president of the CFL's Toronto Argonauts.[2] From 1997 until 2002, he was president and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball.[3]

In 1988, Beeston was named a Member of the Order of Canada.[2] In 1998, he was elected to the board of directors of the Baseball Hall of Fame and in 2002 he was inducted in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.[2] He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario,[4] and was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1994 and an honorary doctor of social sciences from Niagara University in 2001.[5] He was placed in the Blue Jays' Level of Excellence at Rogers Centre on April 4, 2008 prior to the Jays' home opener versus the Boston Red Sox.[2]

On January 26, 2015, Beeston announced that he would retire as president and CEO of the Blue Jays on October 31, 2015.[6] On August 31, Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro was announced as Beeston's successor.[7] Beeston retired on October 31, 2015, and Shapiro officially assumed the role of president of the organization.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Beeston is married to Kaye, and has a daughter, Aimee, and son, David.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Global Business Forum - Speakers - Paul Beeston". alberta-canada.com. Retrieved November 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Chidley-Hill, John (August 30, 2015). "Paul Beeston era with Toronto Blue Jays draws to an end on a high note". winnipegfreepress.com. Retrieved November 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Jays Care Foundation Board of Directors". MLB.com. Retrieved November 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Paul Beeston, C.M., B.A., F.C.A, Board of Directors". financialpost.com. November 19, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Paul Beeston - Western Alumni". alumni.westernu.ca. Retrieved November 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Kennedy, Brendan (January 26, 2015). "Blue Jays president Paul Beeston to retire after 2015 season". thestar.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ Lott, John (August 31, 2015). "Toronto Blue Jays hire Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro to replace Paul Beeston". news.nationalpost.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ Simmons, Steve (October 31, 2015). "Simmons Says: With Anthopoulos gone, Shapiro's takeover of Blue Jays complete". torontosun.com. Retrieved November 4, 2015. 
Preceded by
Peter N. E. Hardy (Chairman and CEO)
Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO
19891997
Succeeded by
Sam Pollock (Chairman and CEO)
Preceded by
Major League Baseball president
19972002
Succeeded by
Bob DuPuy
Preceded by
Paul Godfrey
Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO
20082015
Succeeded by
Mark Shapiro