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Duane McLean

Executive Vice President of Business Operations

Enters his 13th season with the organization and 30th in professional sports.

Oversees all business operations for the club, including ticket, suite and sponsorship sales, park operations, customer service, ticket services, public and community affairs, marketing, broadcasting, communications, new media, human resources, business legal, Lakeland operations, finance and administration, information technology promotions, and in-game entertainment.

Emphasizes family entertainment value, branding Tigers baseball at Comerica Park as Detroit's number one sports value.

Club has seen consistent growth in revenue-producing areas during his 12-year tenure with the Tigers, including the first four seasons in franchise history with attendance totals surpassing three million, and a franchise-record setting 3,202,645 tickets sold during the 2008 regular season. The club has had a franchiserecord 11 consecutive seasons with attendance totals surpassing two million.

During the past 11 years of his tenure, the club has sold more than 30 million tickets and has averaged nearly 2.8 million fans per season. The club's 2.75 million average attendance total for the past 11 seasons established a franchise record.

In 2012, the Tigers sold nearly 3.3 million tickets, which included the regular and postseason, and it marked the most tickets sold in one season in the 115-year history of the franchise.

Under his leadership, the Tigers have established all-time highs in sponsorship, suite, season ticket and group sales.

Over the course of his tenure, he has overseen the development and implementation of plans for ballpark renovations and enhancements including: the Chevrolet Pavilion in left field, the relocation of the right field bullpen to left field and the installation of right field grandstand seating, the opening of a new retail store, The D Shop, and the MotorCity Casino Hotel Champions Club, and the complete renovation of all suites with upgraded WiFi at Comerica Park.

Prior to the 2014 season, in a joint venture between the Tigers and Delaware North Companies Sportservice, he oversaw the activation of the New Amsterdam 416 bar located on the Pepsi Porch, a unique social setting in a relaxed outdoor patio setting with high-end furniture, big flat screen TV's, a fire feature and spectacular viewpoints of the playing field including a new section of seats canter levered off the Pepsi Porch.

Under his leadership, the Detroit Tigers Anti-Bullying community program was recognized with the 2013 Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence.

Following the 2011 season, oversaw the design and development process of the new High Definition video board and LED ribbon boards at Comerica Park.

Was instrumental in the launch of the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. Since its inception in 2005, the foundation has awarded over $8 million to individuals and groups in the Detroit area.

Prior to joining the Tigers as Senior Vice President, Business Operations on November 19, 2003, he spent five years with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League...joined the club as Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service in 1998 and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2000.

Oversaw all operational aspects of the Seahawks marketing, broadcasting, sponsorship sales, ticket sales, luxury suite sales, advertising and client services.

Served as project manager for the Seahawks on the 2002 New Stadium project and spearheaded the Seahawks new logo and uniform redesign.

Named one of Sports Business Journal's 40 under 40 in 2001, as one of the top sports executives under the age of 40.

Previously, McLean spent one season with the Detroit Lions (1997) as Executive Director of Ticket Sales and Ticket Services...while with the Lions, McLean oversaw the complete conversion and overhaul of the Lions ticket operation, resulting in Detroit's largest season ticket base in 17 years.

Prior to his stint with the Lions, McLean spent two seasons (1995-97) with the Houston Rockets of the NBA, where the Rockets, under his direction, had their largest season-ticket base in franchise history.

McLean started his career in the front office of the NBA's Detroit Pistons (1986-94) and also spent a season as Vice President of Ticket Sales for the International Hockey League's Chicago Wolves where the Wolves set the IHL record for paid attendance and led the league in season ticket sales and revenue.

Sits on the board of trustees for CATCH, Sparky Anderson's charity for Children, is an avid supporter of local charities including Ilitch Charities and Jack's Place for Autism, and sits on the board of directors for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

Earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and a master's degree in administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma.

McLean and his wife, Susan, have three children, Jayme, Kayla, and Dayne...he is a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan.