Paul Coro: Brad Casper, hired in October as #Suns president, has resigned. COO Jason Rowley will assume the duties of overseeing the Suns’ business.
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“I enjoyed my time with the Suns,” Casper said in a prepared statement issued by the Suns. “It was a wonderful opportunity for me, but ultimately serving the Suns while continuing to juggle a portfolio of other business interests became too much. I’m grateful to have worked with so many gifted professionals and I look forward to cheering on the team next season.”
Through prior work with Suns vice chairman Sam Garvin, Casper found himself on the Suns’ potential-hire radar. “It’s a win-win,” said Sarver, who also announced the promotion of Jason Rowley from general counsel to chief operating officer. “He brings a lot of innovation, creativity and passion to the organization.” Casper, who became an immediate admirer of the Suns after moving here, appreciates any perception-based skepticism. “What does a guy who peddled soap know about basketball?” said Casper, anticipating potential sentiments of the doomsday watchdogs referenced earlier.
His most recent gig was president and CEO of Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc., which is a German-owned, Scottsdale-based outfit that took in the Dial Corporation. Casper moved to the valley as president and CEO of Dial 6 1/2 years ago. After having accomplished most of his goals for the company, he and Henkel parted ways a year ago. Casper — whose son was entering his senior year of high school at the time — decided to stick around Phoenix and look for work.
The Phoenix Suns are turning to former Henkel Consumer Goods CEO Brad Casper to run its business operations. Suns owner Robert Sarver will hire Casper as the team’s new team president, according to the Sports Business Daily and Sports Business Journal. Casper replaces Rick Welts, who resigned from the Suns in early September and recently was hired as Golden State Warriors President & COO.