President & CEO
For nearly four decades, Stan Kasten has been a highly respected sports figure and developed a reputation for creating winning franchises, relying on three pillars - scouting and player development, enhancing the fan experience and community outreach - to establish franchises built for long-term success on and off the field.
That track record has continued during his tenure with the Dodgers, where the club reached the World Series last year and has won five consecutive NL West titles, doing so for the first time in franchise history. In addition to the team's accomplishments at the Major League level, the Dodgers have maintained one of baseball's top-rated farm systems and in 2017, the club was recognized as Baseball America's "Organization of the Year," honoring the team for its success from top to bottom. Since Kasten became the Dodgers' President and CEO on April 30, 2012, the team has topped the Majors in attendance each season while continuously making improvements to Dodger Stadium to keep the league's third-oldest stadium among the best facilities in baseball.
Kasten has been a member of numerous MLB, NBA and NHL ownership committees during his professional career and is also a former trustee of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1999, Kasten became the first sports figure to hold the title of president of three different teams in three different major sports simultaneously, doing so with MLB's Atlanta Braves, the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers.
In 1979, at age 27, Kasten became the youngest general manager in NBA history with the Hawks, a position he held until 1990. Kasten became the Hawks' president in 1986. During his lengthy tenure in the Hawks' front offce, Kasten built the Hawks into a perennial contender, including four consecutive 50-win seasons from 1986-89 and a stretch of seven consecutive playoff appearances in the 1990's, and became the first - and only - NBA executive to win back-toback Executive of the Year awards in 1986-87.
Kasten also became president of the Braves in 1986. From 1987-2003, the Braves won more games than any other team in MLB and won 14 consecutive division titles (1991-2005), five National League pennants and the 1995 World Series.
In 1999, when the NHL awarded Atlanta an expansion team, Kasten added the title of president of the Thrashers, as well as chairman of the newly constructed Philips Arena. Kasten held all three positions until 2003, when he stepped down.
Prior to joining the Dodgers, Kasten was president of the Washington Nationals from 2006-10, where he worked to re-energize a dormant baseball fan base and simultaneously established a crown jewel franchise in Washington, D.C.
Kasten, the Los Angeles Sports Council's 2013 Executive of the Year, is on the board of directors for the LA84 Foundation.
A native of Lakewood, N.J., Kasten is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Law School.Kasten and his wife, Helen, have four children: Alana, Corey, Sherry and Jay.