Chicago Fire FC has hired Dave Baldwin as the club’s new President of Business Operations.
Regarded as a ‘highly accomplished sports business executive’, Baldwin will be responsible for leading the MLS team’s non-sporting operations.
In this role, Baldwin will work alongside football operations and will oversee the Club’s business strategy and operations. His position with the Fire will officially begin in January 2023.
“I am extremely grateful to Joe Mansueto for the opportunity to join the Chicago Fire,” said Baldwin on his appointment. “It’s an honor to be joining the team during such a pivotal time in its history.
“Between the consistent growth that MLS has experienced over the last decade, the Fire’s recent move to Soldier Field, and the 2026 World Cup set to be held in North America, there’s never been a better time to join the sport and to help grow one of the League’s original clubs.
“I’ve spoken with Georg and I’m excited to support his efforts as we look to bring another championship to the great city of Chicago. I’m looking forward to joining the team and meeting our Fire supporters soon!”
Baldwin joins the Fire with almost 15 years of experience in the sports industry and a ‘proven track record of driving results and developing future leaders’.
The new President has previously led ticketing transformations at the Miami Dolphins, Ilitch Sports and Entertainment and the Washington Commanders.
Furthermore, Baldwin will report directly to Owner and Chairman of the football club, Joe Mansueto.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Dave and his family to the Club,” said Mansueto. “Dave is an exceptional leader with a history of success in Detroit, Miami, and Washington D.C. He brings a deep expertise in ticketing, building fan bases and filling stadiums.
“We believe that with his experience and Midwest roots, Dave is a great fit for our Club and will be a catalyst for our organisation, supporters, and partners.”