Turcke steps down as NFL COO for league advisor role
Maryann Turcke has stepped down as chief operating officer of American football's NFL to take on an advisory position at the league.
Turcke (pictured), who has been the highest-ranking female executive at the NFL since taking the role in March 2018, will officially start her new job at the end of September.
In a note to staff, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote: “In her new role as executive advisor to the commissioner, Maryann will initially focus on the workplace and operations of the future – thinking about the lessons we have learned over the past several months and how our workplace and business operations can change to meet the challenges ahead.
“I am delighted to know that we will have the benefit of Maryann’s experience and strategic thinking as we start the NFL’s second century.”
The NFL gave no indication of whether it will seek to replace Turcke in the COO role.
Turcke joined the NFL from Bell Media, the Canadian media group, where she was president, in early 2017 as president, digital media and NFL Network, the league’s own television channel, based in Los Angeles.
A year later she relocated to New York to succeed Tom Leiweke as COO, with responsibility for marketing, communications, human resources, international and events and technology departments.
Leiweke promptly became the chief executive of the new NHL ice hockey franchise in Seattle, recently named as Seattle Kraken, which will debut next year.
Leiweke’s brother Tim is the founder of Oak View Group, the entertainment and sports facilities company that worked to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle.