Paul Beeston
Born
Paul McGill Beeston

(1945-06-20) June 20, 1945 (age 77)
Welland, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
Alma materUniversity of Western Ontario
Known forMajor League Baseball executive
AwardsOrder of Canada

Baseball career
Member of the Canadian
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Induction2002
Beeston is a member of the Toronto Blue Jays' Level of Excellence
Beeston is a member of the Toronto Blue Jays' Level of Excellence

Paul McGill Beeston, CM (born June 20, 1945) is a Canadian former professional baseball executive. He was the president and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1997 to 2002, and the president of the Toronto Blue Jays from 1989 to 1997, and again from 2008 to 2015. He also worked as the president of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 1994.

Beeston retired on October 31, 2015, and was replaced by Mark Shapiro as president and CEO of the Blue Jays. On September 20, 2016, he was named the President Emeritus of the Toronto Blue Jays. [1]

Career

Beeston earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario in 1967. He obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1971 and worked for Coopers & Lybrand until 1976.[2]

Beeston was the first employee of the Toronto Blue Jays, joining in 1976. He became vice president of business operations in 1977, executive vice president in 1984, president and chief operating officer in 1989, then was named president and chief executive officer in 1991. In 1994, he served as president of the CFL's Toronto Argonauts.[3] From 1997 until 2002, he was president and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball.[4]

In 1988, Beeston was named a Member of the Order of Canada.[3] In 1998, he was elected to the board of directors of the Baseball Hall of Fame and in 2002 was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.[3]

He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario,[5] and was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1994 and an honorary doctor of social sciences from Niagara University in 2001.[6]

He was placed in the Blue Jays' Level of Excellence at Rogers Centre on April 4, 2008 prior to the Jays' home opener versus the Boston Red Sox.[3]

After Paul Godfrey resigned as team president and CEO on September 29, 2008, it was announced that Beeston would return to the Blue jays as interim president and CEO on October 14, 2008 where his primary responsibility was to identify and hire his own successor.[7]    

After a "very honest, straightforward and exhaustive search" the Blue Jays and Beeston decided on removing the interim tag, naming Beeston president and CEO on October 27, 2009.[8]

On January 26, 2015, Beeston announced he would retire as president and CEO of the Blue Jays on October 31, 2015.[9] On August 31, Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro was announced as Beeston's successor.[10] Beeston retired on October 31, 2015, and Shapiro officially assumed the role of president of the organization.[11] In 2016, he was named President Emeritus of the Jays.

Personal life

Beeston is married to Kaye, and has a daughter, Aimee, and son, David.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Blue Jays appoint Paul Beeston as president emeritus - Sportsnet.ca".
  2. ^ a b "Global Business Forum – Speakers – Paul Beeston". alberta-canada.com. Archived from the original on February 5, 2005. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Chidley-Hill, John (August 30, 2015). "Paul Beeston era with Toronto Blue Jays draws to an end on a high note". winnipegfreepress.com. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Jays Care Foundation Board of Directors". MLB.com. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Paul Beeston, C.M., B.A., F.C.A, Board of Directors". financialpost.com. November 19, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Paul Beeston – Western Alumni". alumni.westernu.ca. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Blue Jays bring back Beeston as interim CEO CBC Sports". CBC Sports. Archived from the original on August 2, 2021.
  8. ^ "Jays name Beeston to 3-yr. term as Jays' CEO". Toronto. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2021-10-29.
  9. ^ Kennedy, Brendan (January 26, 2015). "Blue Jays president Paul Beeston to retire after 2015 season". thestar.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  10. ^ Lott, John (August 31, 2015). "Toronto Blue Jays hire Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro to replace Paul Beeston". news.nationalpost.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  11. ^ Simmons, Steve (October 31, 2015). "Simmons Says: With Anthopoulos gone, Shapiro's takeover of Blue Jays complete". torontosun.com. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
Preceded byPeter Hardy (Chairman and CEO) Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO 19891997 Succeeded bySam Pollock (Chairman and CEO) Preceded by Major League Baseball president 19972002 Succeeded byBob DuPuy Preceded byPaul Godfrey Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO 20082015 Succeeded byMark Shapiro