Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Mark Lamping will become president of the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars after running the New York Giants and Jets’ shared $1.6 billion stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Lamping spent four years as president and chief executive of the teams’ joint venture, now called MetLife Stadium, where he supervised development, construction and business operations. Lamping also worked to attract the Super Bowl title game to the stadium in 2014.
“This is a very important and exciting development in the rebirth of the Jacksonville Jaguars,” owner Shahid Khan said in a news release. “Mark will bring to the Jaguars and to the Jacksonville community a mix of sports and brand marketing, stadium management expertise and team front-office leadership that is very difficult to find in one person.”
Lamping, a native of St. Louis, was president of that city’s Major League Baseball Cardinals between 1994 and 2008. He previously worked at Anheuser-Busch between 1981 and 1993, eventually as group director of sports marketing.
The Jaguars finished last season 5-11. In November, owner Wayne Weaver fired coach Jack Del Rio and said he was selling the team. The next month, NFL owners approved the sale to Khan, the owner of auto-parts maker Flex-N-Gate Corp., who said he plans to keep the franchise in the northeast Florida city.
The Jaguars hired Mike Mularkey as coach last month. General Manager Gene Smith will continue to report directly to Kahn.
“The Jacksonville Jaguars have vast potential, and I’m honored that Shad Khan is asking me to play a leadership role in reaching that potential,” Lamping said in the release. “We have the opportunity to revitalize the franchise and build something special, memorable and hopefully history for the league, our partners and especially Jaguars fans.”
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