Washington Football Team names Tanya Snyder as co-CEO
The Washington Football Team has named Tanya Snyder, owner Dan Snyder’s wife, as the team’s new co-CEO.
The NFL franchise announced the move Tuesday, saying Tanya Snyder’s appointment will expand her role within the organization, calling it an important step to the team’s commitment “to being a standard bearer of diversity and inclusion in sport.”
“Tanya is one of the most important figures in this organization, and that has only become more true over the last 18 months as her involvement has deepened,” Dan Snyder, who will share CEO duties, said in the statement.
“Publicly, many know Tanya for her incredible and impactful work in breast cancer awareness and her leadership of our charitable foundation. But behind the scenes, she has had a profound impact on the direction of the Washington Football Team.”
Her promotion to co-CEO comes as the league is still investigating the football organization over sexual harassment allegations made by previous employees and reporters covering the team during a 15-year span.
The team, which dropped its previous “Redskins” moniker last year, hired former NFL player Jason Wright as the league’s first Black team president in 2020 and also appointed Julie Donaldson as senior vice president of media and the first woman to be a part of a team’s radio broadcast.
Tanya Snyder joins current Buffalo Bills CEO Kim Pegula and former Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders CEO Amy Trask among the only female chief executives in NFL history, according to ESPN.
She has run the team’s charitable foundation since 2000, founded the “Women of Washington” fan club in 2011 and contributed to the creation of the league’s “Think Pink” campaign, being a breast cancer survivor herself, according to the team’s press release.
Tanya Snyder said in a statement that she wants her new role to show the team is moving forward being a “gold standard” of the league.
“The co-CEO titles reflect our approach to that effort. It is a natural progression, but it’s important to formally recognize the diversity of opinion and perspective that informs everything we do,” she said. “In my new role, I’ll be positioned to ensure the core values that are central to our philanthropy permeate the entire organization and bring us closer to realizing our goals.”