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Sam Kennedy gets promoted to Red Sox CEO, contract extension

Nick Neville
August 02, 2017 - 2:10 pm

The Red Sox promoted team president Sam Kennedy on Wednesday, giving him the title of CEO of the Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management, as well as a contract extension.

Kennedy, who succeeded longtime team president Larry Lucchino following the 2015 season, will continue to report to owners John Henry and Tom Werner in the new role.

“Sam has been a critical part of our front office since 2002, and over the past two years at the helm, has proven himself to be a successful and effective leader of this franchise,” Werner said in a team statement.

Kennedy began his baseball career in 1996 as an account executive with the Padres, and has been in various roles with the Red Sox since the team purchased Fenway Sports Group.

“John and I are impressed with the direction and values he has set forth for our club, and look forward to having him continue to build on our collective vision to reach younger fans and create a welcoming environment for our entire community in the ballpark and within our front office,” Werner said. “He is one of the most impressive executives in the industry, and we are fortunate to have him with us long-term.”

Werner lauded the efforts of Kennedy and general manager Dave Dombrowski, who was hired in August of 2015 after Ben Cherington stepped down.

“With Sam Kennedy, Dave Dombrowski and our talented leadership team, we believe we have the best front office in all of baseball,” Werner said.