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Chief Operating Officer l Minnesota Vikings
Andrew Miller recently completed his third season as Chief Operating Officer of the Minnesota Vikings after being named to the position in August 2019.
In his role as COO, Miller works alongside Vikings ownership and executive leadership in developing the organization's vision and the strategy for all business departments.
During the 2020 offseason, Miller was responsible for guiding the Vikings front office through the coronavirus pandemic following the office closure on March 13. Under his leadership, the Vikings formed an Internal COVID-19 Committee, as well as an Incident Management Team, to begin planning for a safe return to work. Despite the challenges of working remotely, Miller kept employees focused on using the team's platform to positively impact the community via COVID-19 relief efforts and providing a best-in-class fan experience through virtual events. Miller serves as co-chair for the Minnesota Safe Sports Venues Task Force, consisting of executives from the Minnesota professional sports organizations and the University of Minnesota with a mission of bringing fans safely back into stadiums, arenas and ballparks.
Miller also led the Vikings response following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, engaging the team's leadership, players, diversity and inclusion council, staff, and alumni to open internal dialogue and determine the best way to use the organization's platform to influence positive change in the community. Miller has emphasized the Vikings commitment to eliminating racism, influencing positive reform of law enforcement, promoting racial and social equity through education and food security, and building an internal culture that champions diversity and inclusion.
Miller previously served as the Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Toronto Blue Jays (May 2016-September 2019). In Toronto, Miller was responsible for managing all business operations of the club and Rogers Centre, with a focus on understanding and enhancing the fan experience. He worked closely with the other members of the executive leadership team on organizational strategy and championed the implementation of new business departments concentrated on fan engagement, fan services, strategy and analytics. Miller also oversaw the improvement of business-related systems and processes. He led initiatives in Toronto focused on creating a positive impact by growing the sport of baseball across Canada. Miller also led extensive work on facility renovations and capital improvements for Rogers Centre and the Blue Jays spring training facility upgrades with previous experience doing the same at the Cleveland Indians.
Prior to joining the Blue Jays, Miller spent 10 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, with the final four as Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Analytics. He first joined the organization in 2006, serving as Baseball Operations Assistant for the 2007 season and Assistant Director of Baseball Operations for the 2008 and 2009 seasons before being promoted to assist Mark Shapiro during his transition to team president from 2010-12.
During Miller's tenure with the Indians, he created innovative fan amenities and opportunities for stronger fan engagement. He introduced Snow Days, an interactive winter event, and also executed the first-ever outdoor hockey game at the field, a game between Ohio State and Michigan. In his roles within Baseball Operations, Miller was involved in every aspect of the Indians Major League team operations, focusing on financial, contractual and strategic elements of player acquisitions and negotiations. He was also instrumental in the development, construction and operations of the club's Goodyear Player Development Complex in Arizona and led the renovation of Progressive Field.
Before entering professional sports, Miller spent nearly seven years working in the investment banking and venture capital industries and earned a JD-MBA at Northwestern University in 2007. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997 where he also spent four years as a left-handed pitcher for the Golden Bears baseball team.
Miller serves on the board of directors for Minneapolis Downtown Council, participates in CEOs Against Cancer and will be joining the board of directors for Teach For America Twin Cities in June 2021. Miller and his wife, Jill, are the parents of Alana, Evan and Adley. Miller's brother, Geoff, currently serves as the Mental Skills Coach for the Philadelphia Phillies and since 2005 has worked for several Major League Baseball teams, including the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals.