The KC Chiefs announced today that team president Mark Donovan has been signed to a long-term contract extension. Donovan joined the Chiefs in 2009 as the chief operating officer and was promoted to team president in 2011. No word on how long the long-term contract extension is for.
Clark Hunt: "My family and I are delighted that Mark will be guiding the business operations of the Chiefs for many years to come. Over the last six seasons, Mark has helped the Chiefs rank among the best in the National Football League in several categories - most importantly, the fan experience - and I know he and his team will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of the Chiefs Kingdom."
Donovan: "I'd like thank Clark and the entire Hunt family for giving me the opportunity to continue my career with one of the league's most iconic and proud franchises. My family and I have been blessed to be surrounded by a talented staff, a strong team and a supportive community for more than six years, and we are looking forward to calling Chiefs Kingdom our home for many more."
If you're unfamiliar with Donovan, here's his bio from the Chiefs:
During Donovan's tenure in Kansas City, the Chiefs have invested heavily in enhancing the in-stadium experience for fans at Arrowhead.The team has emerged as a league leader in fan engagement with a focus on introducing technology-based solutions and celebrating the traditions and fan rituals that make Arrowhead special. Since Donovan's arrival the club has introduced a number of features including a stadium-wide Wi-Fi network, a Chiefs-specific mobile application and ticketless technology. Additionally, Donovan and his team have worked to bring a number of other events to Arrowhead Stadium such as concerts and college football games. This summer alone, the Chiefs will host three concerts (Rolling Stones, One Direction and Kenny Chesney) and an NCAA Div. I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) game (MU vs. BYU) in the fall. His leadership extends to the community both personally and professionally, where he is actively engaged in the Chiefs charitable giving and community involvement, helping the team to have a greater impact on the Kansas City community.
Donovan joined the Chiefs in 2009 after six years with the Philadelphia Eagles as Senior Vice President of Business Operations (2003-08). Prior to joining the Eagles, Donovan held leadership roles as the NFL's Senior Director of Sales and Marketing (1999-03) and the Director of Sales and Marketing for the National Hockey League (1997-99). He also brings seven years of experience in the private business sector. This season will be Donovan's 17th NFL season since joining the league in 1999.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native graduated from Brown University with a double major in political science and organizational behavior/management. He captained the Brown football squad as the team's quarterback and signed with the New York Giants as a free agent upon graduation.
He and his wife, Kathy, have two children and reside in Kansas City.