SBD/Issue 165/Sports Industrialists

Bergstrom And Kuehne Join Packers Exec Committee

Neenah, Wisconsin-based Bergstrom Corp. Chair & CEO JOHN BERGSTROM and Green Bay-based American Food Groups Owner & CEO CARL KUEHNE have been elected to the seven-member Exec Committee of the Packers. Bergstrom and Kuehne replace DR. DON HARDEN and JOHN UNDERWOOD, members of the Exec Committee since ’85 and ’90, respectively, who have reached age 70, the mandatory retirement age under the Packers’ bylaws. Underwood will continue to serve as special counsel to the Exec Committee and, at the request of NFL Commissioner PAUL TAGLIABUE, will continue his appointment to the Special Committee on League Economics. Underwood’s continued NFL committee participation, along with that of Packers President BOB HARLAN (Management Council Exec Committee), Exec VP & COO JOHN JONES (Stadium Committee) and coach MIKE SHERMAN (Competition Committee), make the Packers the only team with representation on four key NFL committees. LARRY WEYERS, who joined the Exec Committee last year, was elected to replace Underwood as Treasurer (Packers). In Green Bay, Richard Ryman writes Jones “is in line to replace Harlan” as President, and notes Weyers “was named to the Executive Committee a year in advance of taking over as team treasurer so he could work with” Underwood (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 5/19).

GOLD SEAL: In a separate piece, Ryman notes Bergstrom serves as Packers Corporate Marketing Committee Chair and Marquette Univ. Board of Trustees Chair, the latter of which is overseeing Marquette’s nickname situation. Bergstrom Corp. owns and operates 23 auto dealerships –- “for which Packers [QB] BRETT FAVRE is a” spokesperson (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 5/19). Harlan, a Marquette alumnus, said of naming Bergstrom to the Exec Committee in the wake of the Marquette nickname ordeal, “First of all, he was selected before that even occurred. But that wouldn’t have swayed me one bit” (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 5/19).

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