PAUL DEPODESTA

Cleveland Browns Chief Strategy Officer, Entrepreneur & Subject of Moneyball

BIOGRAPHY

Paul DePodesta has made a career of evaluating, measuring, and assigning value to talent, as documented in Michael Lewis’s book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. The Moneyball methodology has become a mainstay strategy for business leaders looking for new approaches for overhauling stagnant systems.

After graduating Cum Laude from Harvard College with a degree in economics, DePodesta worked in the Canadian Football League and the American Hockey League. He then joined the Cleveland Indians Baseball Club as an intern in Player Development. Within a year, the Indians made him the advance scout for the Major League team, and two years later he was appointed Special Assistant to the General Manager.

DePodesta served as Assistant General Manager of the Oakland Athletics from
1999 to 2003—a tenure during which the A’s tied for the best winning percentage
in baseball (392-255). Formerly the Executive Vice President of the San Diego Padres, and General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2004-05 seasons, Paul DePodesta was the third-youngest person ever to assume the role of Major League GM. Assigned the task of turning around a team that had not won a postseason game since 1988, DePodesta guided Los Angeles to a Division title and a playoff victory in his first season at the helm. Beginning in 2010, DePodesta also served as Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting for the New York Mets, helping to lead the team to the 2015 World Series for the first time since 2000. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said DePodesta was a “huge factor” in the Mets’ success.

In December 2012, DePodesta joined Sears Holdings’ board of directors. Sears’ Chairman Edward S. Lampert said of Paul DePodesta that his “ability to scrutinize data and use it to assess talent and drive execution makes him ideally suited to join our board.”

In January 2016, DePodesta joined the NFL’s Cleveland Browns as Chief Strategy Officer. In this new role, he is responsible for assessing and implementing the best practices and strategies that will give the Browns the comprehensive resources needed to make optimal decisions for their players and team.

DePodesta is also an Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics at the Scripps Translational Sciences Institute. Paul DePodesta is married and lives in southern California.

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