Departing Seattle Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke was gracious and accommodating as usual in answering questions about his departure in taking a job of CEO and minority owner with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.
Leiweke said he will lead the search process, and that it will definitely take months, not weeks to find his replacement.
Leiweke served as CEO of the Minnesota Wild before joining the Seahawks in 2003, playing an important role in turning that NHL franchise into a fan-friendly experience. Leiweke said he grew up playing hockey (he still plays in a beer league here) and looks forward to returning to the sport of his youth.
“As much of an incredible opportunity this is, it’s one that I do with a little bit of a heavy heart,” Leiweke said.