Andy Wasynczuk

Andrew Wasynczuk (born February 18, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois) is a senior lecturer of business administration for Harvard Business School.[1] He served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for the New England Patriots of the National Football League,[2] where he oversaw Foxboro Stadium and the building of its successor Gillette Stadium,[2] while also helping to administer the NFL salary cap for the team in the 1990s.[1]

In 1979, Wasynczuk graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a bachelor's degree and master's degree in electrical engineering,[1] earning both degrees in four years. After that, Wasynczuk earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1983 before working as a consultant at Bain & Company,[2] where he met Boston businessman Jonathan Kraft.[2] In January 1989, he was hired by Kraft's father, then-Foxboro Stadium owner Robert Kraft, as the chief operating officer of Foxboro Stadium Associates.[2]

When Robert Kraft purchased the Patriots in 1994, Wasynczuk, who was named the team's vice president of business operations,[2] was called upon by Kraft to negotiate high-profile player contracts and develop salary cap management strategies.[2] In 1999, he was promoted to chief operating officer/senior vice president while his responsibilities were expanded to include the oversight for the construction of CMGI Field,[3] which opened in 2002, although he did not retain salary cap responsibilities upon the hiring of head coach Bill Belichick and player personnel director Scott Pioli in 2000.[4]

In February 2005, Wasynczuk left the Patriots to return to Harvard Business School as a business administration lecturer, while also remaining a consultant for The Kraft Group.[3]

Notes and references

  1. 1 2 3 "Biography - Andrew Wasynczuk". Harvard Business School. Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Andy Wasynczuk - Official New England Patriots Biography". Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  3. 1 2 "Patriots Exec to join Harvard Business School faculty". 2005-02-11. Archived from the original on 2005-08-24. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  4. Bailey, Steve (2005-02-11). "Boston sampler". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
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