Edmonton Eskimos president and CEO Len Rhodes not seeking another term

Edmonton Eskimos president and CEO Len Rhodes not seeking another term

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Len Rhodes will not be returning as the Edmonton Eskimos‘ president and CEO, the team announced on Monday.

In a release, both Rhodes and board of directors chair Brad Sparrow said the two mutually agreed it “is in the best interests of the organization to allow Len to depart.”

“During Len’s seven-year tenure leading this organization, he has made significant contributions and has brought considerable success to this team and the city,” Sparrow said. “His hard work, perseverance and commitment to the team and the community have been admirable, and our Board of Directors wish to thank Len for his positive contributions.”

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Rhodes said his contract was supposed to continue through 2019, but said it recently became clear to him that he wants to pursue other opportunities. His final day will be Feb. 20.

“The board and I felt it would be best if I left the organization now rather than at the end of 2019 to allow the football club to establish a plan to move forward,” Rhodes said.

“I will forever cherish my experience with this community-owned organization.”

Rhodes was co-chair of the 2018 Grey Cup in Edmonton. Under his tenure, the team held a record of 68 wins and 58 losses, 12 playoff game appearances and a Grey Cup championship in 2015, the team said.

“I want to thank all of the dedicated and hardworking Eskimos staff, players, coaches, all past and present members of the board of directors, alumni, media partners and every fan who has made this such an incredible experience,” he said.

He joined the team as president and CEO in 2011.

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