The Brewers quietly promoted one of their top front office officials this winter, giving Rick Schlesinger the title of chief operating officer. Schlesinger, who has been with the Brewers for more than eight years, had previously been known as the team’s executive vice president of business operations.
The team began referring to Schlesinger as COO in January but did not formally announce his new title.
The Brewers have not had a club president since the messy departure of Ulice Payne in 2003, so Schlesinger and executive vice president of finance and administration Bob Quinn are the top two officials on the business operations side of the club. The Brewers hired Schlesinger in December 2002 and Quinn in January 2003, and promoted both men to executive VP roles in 2008.
“I believe our executive management team is among the best in baseball, and Rick and Bob have led us to significant achievements on the business side,” principal owner Mark Attanasio said then. “We have set franchise records for attendance and reached new heights in virtually every measurable category.”