Derek Schiller
Schiller at Truist Park in 2023
Atlanta Braves
President
Teams
As president
Career highlights and awards

Derek Gordon Schiller[1] is an American baseball front office executive. Schiller joined the Atlanta Braves organization in 2003 and he has served as the Braves' president since 2016. Schiller served as vice president of business development for the New York Yankees from 1996 to 1997.

Early life

Schiller is the son of Harvey and Marcia Schiller. He has a sister, Erika. Schiller grew up in Colorado Springs where his father worked at the United States Air Force Academy.[2] Schiller played ice hockey in high school in Colorado Springs.[3]

Schiller's father was a sports executive who held positions as chair of the United States Olympic Committee, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, governor of the Atlanta Thrashers and an executive with several other properties owned by Ted Turner including TBS, TNT, the Goodwill Games and World Championship Wrestling.[2]

Career

Derek Schiller graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in engineering.[4] Schiller was the director of marketing for the International Sports Plaza in Atlanta during the 1996 Summer Olympics.[1][5] He held an executive position with the New York Yankees which he left in order to take a position with Atlanta's former National Hockey League franchise, the Atlanta Thrashers.[3][6]

He joined the Braves in November 2003 as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Terry McGuirk, the Braves president at the time, hired Schiller to address the attendance woes the club was facing despite having a winning team.[7] Schiller was promoted to executive vice president of sales and marketing in August 2007.[4] In 2016, John Schuerholz stepped down as president of the Atlanta Braves and Mike Plant took over as president in charge of development and Schiller became the president overseeing the Braves.[8] In 2018, Schiller, who had been the team’s president of business received a new title of president and chief executive officer of the Braves.[9] He inherited responsibility for the day-to-day oversight of all business functions of the team.[9]

In 2022, Schiller was recognized by the Marietta Daily Journal as the Citizen of the Year.[10] As president of business Schiller is responsible for all forms of revenue within the Braves organization.[6]

Personal life

Schiller married Kristin Lyn Lysaker on September 2, 1995 at a Presbyterian church in State College, Pennsylvania.[1] They live in Atlanta with their two children.[4] He is the son of sports executive Harvey Schiller.[11]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Marriage of Schiller / Lysaker". Centre Daily Times. 4 December 1995. p. 29. Retrieved 29 September 2023.
  2. ^ a b Zipay, Steve (22 February 2000). "Flying High in Sports Circles". Newsday. p. A35. Retrieved 30 September 2023.
  3. ^ a b Schultz, Jeff (28 February 1999). "Thrashers: Team gets early boost". The Atlanta Journal. p. 55. Retrieved 30 September 2023.
  4. ^ a b c "Front Office Roster". MLB.com. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  5. ^ Scott, Jeffry (29 September 1995). "Sky's the limit in pricing for viewing spots". The Atlanta Journal. p. D5. Retrieved 30 September 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Longtime executive John Schuerholz transitions to next phase of Braves career". Fox Sports. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  7. ^ Burke, Monte (17 April 2008). "Braves' New World". Forbes. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  8. ^ Odum, Charles (31 March 2016). "Schuerholz stepping back from day-to-day role with Braves". Thomasville Times-Enterprise. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  9. ^ a b Tucker, Tim (22 March 2018). "Braves elevate Schiller and Plant to CEO roles". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  10. ^ Hogan, Madison (29 January 2022). "2022 Cobb County Citizen of the Year goes to Derek Schiller, Mike Plant, Alex Anthopoulos". Marietta Daily Journal. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  11. ^ Moore, Russ (Spring 2002). "Teaching the business of sports". Goizueta Magazine. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
Preceded byJohn Schuerholz Atlanta Braves President 2016–present Succeeded by