Speaker Profile

Crane Kenney
President, Business Operations / Chicago Cubs

Now in his 24th season with the 2017 World Series champion Cubs organization, Crane Kenney is responsible for the organization’s growth, including new business development; design, construction, and operation of its facilities; media strategy; government relations; associate recruitment and training; and development of a winning culture. He is also responsible for the continuing redevelopment and preservation of Wrigley Field, as well as the vision, design, construction, and programming of the Wrigleyville campus development.

From 2003-2009, Mr. Kenney was the principle executive in charge of Cubs operations on behalf of the Tribune Company, the previous owner. Over that period the Cubs won the N.L. Central Division three times (2003, 2007, and 2008), surpassed three million in attendance for eight consecutive seasons, and set an all-time attendance record of 3,300,200 in 2008. He began his career with the Cubs in 1994 as an attorney.

Mr. Kenney serves on a variety of boards, including the Board of Directors of Comcast Sportsnet, MLB’s Long-Term Strategic Planning Committee, and the Board of Advisors of Winona Capital Management.

He holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.