The Jets have a new team president.
Neil Glat, who spent the past 15 years working at the NFL league office, has been named to the position, the team announced today. Glat most recently served as senior Vice President of Corporate Development, and his duties included strategic initiatives, stadium development and league and club business development.
Glat is expected to take on some of the responsibilities of former business executives Matt Higgins and Thad Sheeley. Both left the Jets recently to start other ventures.
“There were a number of highly-qualified candidates, and I appreciate all of the time and energy that each of them invested during this search process," owner Woody Johnson said in a statement. "However, Neil distinguished himself with his extensive NFL experience, business acumen, and leadership skills.
"We have accomplished a great deal during my 12 years as owner of the New York Jets, and I am confident that Neil will continue the growth of our business and elevation of our brand.”
Glat is the team's first president since 2007, when Jay Cross left.
“I am very grateful to Woody Johnson for this tremendous opportunity with the Jets,” said Glat who will begin his duties in early May. “The Jets have established a unique and innovative brand and are leaders in many areas. I look forward to building on this momentum and working with everyone in the organization.”
While working for the NFL, Glat was a part of several strategic initiatives, such as the recently approved NFL venture capital fund, league-wide agreements with Ticketmaster as well as the launch of USA Football, the national youth association.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was an intern with the Jets in 1983, praised the hiring.
“Neil Glat is a talented executive who has contributed to a wide range of business accomplishments during his NFL career,” Goodell said. “I have worked closely with Neil on many projects and he will undoubtedly continue to make his mark on the league in this important and exciting new role with the Jets.”
Glat received a J.D. from Harvard Law School after graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics. The Westchester native is married with twin 8-year old daughters.