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Team Management

Senior Executives

Chairman, Seattle Seahawks and First & Goal Inc.

Growing up in the Northwest, Paul G. Allen’s passion for football was kindled at a young age while attending University of Washington football games with his father. As the years passed, he developed a fondness for the Seattle Seahawks, his hometown NFL team. After purchasing the franchise in 1997, Allen set his sights on creating a playoff-caliber team and building a world-class, multifunctional stadium for the state of Washington.

President, CEO of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment

Named president of the Seattle Seahawks and First & Goal, Inc. on September 23, 2010, Peter McLoughlin is responsible for all financial and business operations, sales and marketing, sponsorship, and administration of the Seahawks. Additionally, as president of First & Goal, Inc., McLoughlin directs the management of CenturyLink Field, CenturyLink Field Event Center and WaMu Theater. He is the club’s chief representative at NFL owners meetings and also serves on NFL committees for Business Ventures, Digital Media, Stadium Security, Fan Behavior and E-commerce.

Executive Vice President/General Manager

John Schneider enters his third season as General Manager of the Seattle Seahawks having been named to the position January 19, 2010. In his role, he manages all aspects of the Seahawks roster and draft process while working collaboratively with Pete Carroll in all facets of the football operations department.

Although he holds the designation as the NFL’s third-youngest general manager at age 41, Schneider begins his 20th season working in the professional ranks.

Chief Operating Officer

Chuck Arnold is in his 20th season with the organization, being promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC, and First and Goal Inc. in December 2013. Arnold is responsible for increasing revenue across Corporate Partnership, Ticketing, Suites, and Retail. He also over sees the management of Marketing, Game Presentation, Community Relations, Fan Development, Information Technology, and Stadium Operations.

CFO & VP of Finance

Karen Beckman is responsible for the financial oversight of the Seahawks, First & Goal Inc., and Seattle Soccer LLC. She is charged with establishing budgets, forecasting and managing cash flow. She also oversees the teams’ financial reporting and analysis as well as reporting to the Public Stadium Authority. Another aspect of this position is analyzing and handling economic challenges and opportunities as they relate to the National Football League and Major League Soccer.

Vice President of Business Strategy & Analytics

Dunn is responsible for providing strategic and analytical support to effect data-driven decision making across each department of the Seahawks business operations. He also leads special strategic initiatives, including major stadium capital projects.

He is entering his second season with the Seahawks after spending last year as the Director of Business Strategy & Analytics.

VP Community Relations

Mike Flood joined the staff on July 1, 1997. Flood served as Community Outreach Direct or for Football North west prior to joining the Seahawks. He helped spearhead the state-wide campaign that resulted in the passage of Refer - endum 48 to build the new football/soccer stadium and exhibition complex.

In 2011, Flood was one of 10 finalists for the NFL’s Salute to Service Award presented to individuals for their efforts to honor and support members of the military community.

General Counsel & VP of Government Affairs

Ed Goines will administer the corporate legal affairs for the Seahawks and First & Goal and will be responsible for managing the organization's government relations strategy and policies. Goines joins the Seahawks after working most recently as assistant chief counsel for Disney Interactive/The Walt Disney Company. 

Prior to his time at Disney, he served five seasons as general counsel and vice president of business affairs for the San Francisco 49ers from 2001-07, including one year as a legal consultant to the 49ers. 

Vice President/Human Resources & Administration

Entering her 30th season with the club, Cindy Kelley was promoted to vice president on August 8, 2011, after spending 13 seasons as Director of Human Re sources. She oversees this area for the Seahawks, Sounders FC and First & Goal, Inc.

Vice President/Communications & Broadcasting

Dave Pearson is entering his 24th season in the NFL and begins his 15th season with the Seahawks. Originally joining the Seahawks as director of public relations in 1998, he added the dayto- day oversight of the team’s broadcast department in 2004. He was promoted to vice president of communications and broadcasting on April 29, 2008.

Vice President of Corporate Partnerships & Suites

Amy Sprangers is in her 14th season with the Seahawks and first as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Suites.

In her new role, she is responsible for leading all revenue generation across sponsorship sales, local media rights and suite sales with the objective to deliver exceptional programs that measurably grow the team's business and the business of its partners.

Since 2012, Sprangers has led the suites department as the Managing Director of Suite Sales and Service and has a proven track record of fostering key corporate relationships.

Vice President/Technology

Chip Suttles begins his first season with the Seahawks as vice president of technology. He will be the voice in guiding the values and mission for the technology needs of the Seahawks, Sounders FC, and First & Goal, Inc. He will be responsible for aligning technology vision with the overall business strategy of the organization and increase the performance of the organization through modernizing technology to improve the customer experience and drive increased revenue.

VP of Football Administration

Thomas joins Seattle after spending the previous three seasons with the Cleveland Browns in the same capacity. He began his NFL career in 1998 with the Miami Dolphins and spent 12 seasons with the club, spending 2009 as vice president/general counsel & football administration.

He is a graduate of the University of Denver, University of South Dakota School of Law and the New York University School of Law.