The Miami Marlins are the first major American sports franchise to have women as both president and general manager.
The team announced on Monday that Caroline O’Connor will be the new president of business operations. The move comes just two years after the Marlins hired Kim Ng as general manager in 2020.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Caroline’s business acumen and vision leading our day-to-day business operations,” Marlins President and Principal Owner Bruce Sherman said when hiring O. ‘Connor.
As president, O’Connor will lead the business side of things like sales and partnerships. Ng will continue to manage baseball operations like player trades and signings.
‘A ONCE-IN-A-LIFE OPPORTUNITY’
O’Connor is the second woman to serve as president of a Major League Baseball team, following the Seattle Mariners’ hiring of Catie Griggs last year.
When the Marlins hired Ng as general manager in 2020, she became the first woman to hold the position in one of the four major sports leagues.
The organization now becomes the first to have women in the leadership positions of President and CEO.
O’Connor has been with the team since 2017, most recently serving as COO of the team since 2019. She has a background in business, having previously worked as a director at UBS Investment Bank.
Under Caroline’s leadership, the Marlins found a way to increase the revenue stream. Attendance increased by 12% in 2022 compared to 2019. It also introduced new promotions such as $1 game tickets for children on Mondays, as well as 4 tickets at $44.
Prior to this season, New York Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter stepped down as CEO of the Marlins after four years.
The franchise women’s duo will be looking to help the team turn things around after missing the playoffs for the past two years. In 2022, the Marlins finished 4th of 5 in the National League East, with a 69-93 record.