Pat Courtney, MLB
|Pat Courtney (foreground) with MLB COO Tony Petitti and Commissioner Rob Manfred
Chief communications officer
Aside from the White House, there are few, if any, American institutions more broadly and rigorously covered by the press than baseball, and Courtney is on the front lines of that scrutiny as the league’s principal spokesman. One of MLB’s longest-tenured employees, with more than a quarter century of service, Courtney is a key adviser to Commissioner Rob Manfred and became part of Manfred’s cabinet-level executive team during the league’s 2014-15 leadership transition.