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Kevin Warren
Chief Operating Officer

BIOGRAPHY

Kevin Warren was named Chief Operating Officer of the Minnesota Vikings on February 12, 2015.  Warren’s extensive experience in all business facets of the organization create the perfect foundation for him to lead the business operations of the organization.  Warren will create strategic efforts for all departments and along with Mark Wilf and Zygi Wilf, set the vision for the business component of the organization.

Vikings President and Owner Mark Wilf reiterated Warren’s acumen and the Wilf family dedication to the community and the fans when he elevated him to the position of COO. “Kevin is well-versed in numerous facets of our organization and he has proven himself an outstanding leader not only over the last 10 years with the Vikings but also during his 17 years in the NFL. Kevin is the perfect individual to lead us in those areas and in our business operations.”

Kevin Warren was named Chief Operating Officer of the Minnesota Vikings on February 12, 2015.  Warren’s extensive experience in all business facets of the organization create the perfect foundation for him to lead the business operations of the organization.  Warren will create strategic efforts for all departments and along with Mark Wilf and Zygi Wilf, set the vision for the business component of the organization.

Vikings President and Owner Mark Wilf reiterated Warren’s acumen and the Wilf family dedication to the community and the fans when he elevated him to the position of COO. “Kevin is well-versed in numerous facets of our organization and he has proven himself an outstanding leader not only over the last 10 years with the Vikings but also during his 17 years in the NFL. Kevin is the perfect individual to lead us in those areas and in our business operations.”

Warren is the highest-ranking African-American executive working on the business side for a team in the NFL and is the first African-American COO in the NFL. In September of 2013, Warren’s reputation and NFL experience were recognized when he was named a member of the NFL Committee on Workplace Diversity, which is committed to enhancing and promoting diversity at every level of the NFL.

In 2015, Warren enters his 17th season in the NFL and his 11th season with the Vikings. Most recently, Warren was the Vikings’ Executive Vice President - Legal Affairs & Chief Administrative Officer.

Prior to joining the Vikings Warren worked with the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig from 2003-05. He spent 2001-03 with the Detroit Lions as Senior Vice President of Business Operations & General Counsel, where he was named to the Crain’s Detroit Business “40 Under 40” list, recognizing the top 40 Detroit business leaders under the age of 40.

Before joining the NFC North, Warren worked from 1997-2001 with the St. Louis Rams and was with the organization when they won Super Bowl XXXIV.  During his tenure with St. Louis, Warren served as Vice President of Football Administration in 2001 after working as Vice President of Player Programs & Football Legal Counsel from 1997-2000.

Warren’s first exposure to sports law came after he graduated from Notre Dame Law school. He worked with iconic Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive and sports attorney Mike Glazier at a law firm that specialized in representing universities charged with NCAA violations. Warren also later worked as a sports and entertainment attorney/agent, representing various professional athletes, entertainers and broadcasters as the founder of Kevin Warren and Associates.

Warren always had a passion for athletics whether as a participant or a spectator and had an accomplished career throughout college. As a freshman on the University of Pennsylvania basketball team, Warren was a member of the Quakers’ Ivy League championship team in 1982. A native of Tempe, AZ, Warren subsequently enrolled at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, where he earned his undergraduate degree. While at Grand Canyon, he excelled both in the classroom and on the basketball court. Warren scored 1,118 points during his career at Grand Canyon and earned GTE/CoSida Academic All-America as a senior along with NAIA Academic All-America honors and NAIA District 7 Basketball Team honors as both a junior and senior. In March 2012, Warren was inducted into the Grand Canyon University Athletics Hall of Fame, the 16th individual inducted and only the 5th basketball player to earn the prestigious honor in the University’s history.

Warren earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University in 1986, his master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University in 1988, and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1990.  Warren is licensed with the State Bar of Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota (House Counsel-Rule 10), and the District of Columbia.

Several members of Warren’s family have helped fuel his life-long passion for sports, including his father, the late Dr. Morrison Warren, Sr., who played professional football for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948 during the era of the All-American Football Conference, before the league was merged with the NFL. The senior Warren would go on to be the first African-American President of a major college bowl game when he was named President of the 1982 Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. Warren’s oldest brother, Morrison, Jr., was one of the first African-American scholarship athletes at Stanford, playing football for the Cardinal in the early 1960s, before a severe knee injury cut short his promising athletic career.

Philanthropy is an integral part of Warren’s life and he and his wife Greta are active members of the Minneapolis-St. Paul community.  In December 2014, Kevin and Greta created Carolyn’s Comforts in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and are donating $1 million to honor the legacy of his sister Carolyn Elaine Warren-Knox who passed away of brain cancer in October of 2014.  It is a children’s cancer emergency assistance fund designed to help families manage the difficulties that come with the diagnosis of cancer. At the time of establishing Carolyn’s Comforts, Warren said “A diagnosis of cancer is extremely difficult to accept and work through, especially when it involves children. Families should be able to focus entirely on the health and well-being of their child and ideally, not be burdened with the additional stress of financial issues. My sister often talked of the struggles facing cancer patients, especially children and their families, and how she wished she could help; as a family we hope this fund can make a positive impact.”

In 2012, the Warren family “adopted” Lucy Craft Laney Community School, which is predominantly African-American and has 98% of its student population coming from underserved communities. Over the past three years, the family has donated approximately 2,300 backpacks filled with school supplies for the entire school year to every student. In addition to the backpacks and school supplies, the family has also purchased basketball uniforms for both the boys and girls basketball teams, school uniforms for some individual students and has agreed to design and fund the cost for an on-site portable computer lab at Lucy Laney that will be dedicated in 2015. In 2015, Kevin and Greta Warren will expand their school supply donations to the students to include eyeglasses for children in need.

In June 2015, Warren was elected to the General Board of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, served on the United Way Board of Directors from 2007-10, has served on the Page Education Foundation Board of Directors since 2006, and the University of Minnesota’s Medical Foundation Board of Directors since 2010. Warren was recognized in 2015 by Twin Cities Business Journal with the Corporate Counsel Award in the category of Private Company-Large. Since 2012, Warren has been a member of the Notre Dame Law School Advisory Council, the Benilde-St. Margaret High School Board of Directors and the Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOPE) Board of Directors. He has also served on the University of Minnesota’s Medicine and Health Board of Overseers since 2013.  Warren was recognized by Twin Cities Business Journal in 2006 as a Minority Business Leader, and he is a Life Member of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. Additionally, following the 2008, 2009, and 2012 NFL seasons, Warren was a recipient of the Fritz Pollard Alliance “Salute to Excellence” Award. Warren is also Of Counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright, a 3,800 lawyer international law firm with 54 offices across six continents.

Warren and his wife, Greta, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, have a daughter, Peri, and a son, Powers. The Warren family resides in Chanhassen, MN.

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