Tom Harris is in his 26th year with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2020 and is the organization’s Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Harris oversees all general accounting, finance, stadium operations, risk management and administrative activities and ensures operations are in accordance with ownership goals and objectives.
Harris assisted in the negotiations with FOX Sports Arizona on a 20-year extension that began in 2016 and is the largest financial transaction in franchise history.
The Winslow, Ariz., native played a key role in the opening of the D-backs’ Spring Training home, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, as well as the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game held at Chase Field. Under Harris’ guidance, through equity and debt restructures, the team has eliminated more than $350 million of debt.
Harris originally joined the D-backs as Vice President, Finance in July 1995 after leaving the Phoenix Suns and America West Arena, where he was the Financial Controller of the arena for 2 years.
Prior to entering the sports industry, he was employed by Gene A. Schwarzkopf, CPA, Ltd. for 3 years. He began his career in 1985 at Arthur Andersen & Co. Harris earned a B.A. in accounting from Arizona State University, where he also earned his master’s degree in taxation.
Harris is a board member of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, a board member for the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, a member of the Thunderbirds and was inducted into the ASU School of Business Hall of Fame.
Harris is a past recipient of the CFO of the Year Award by Financial Executives International (FEI) Arizona Chapter, presented by AZ Business Magazine, which recognizes professionals for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards. He has also been honored as one of the Phoenix Business Journal’s Eight Most Outstanding CFOs.
Harris and his wife, Kathleen, reside in Phoenix and have 4 children: Sean, Sarah, Kelly and Katie.