Joe Banner
Joe Banner
Cleveland Browns
Personal information
Joseph Banner on February 13 1953 (1953-02-13) (age 66)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma Mater:
Denison University, BA, Economics
Career information
Position(s) held:
Executive CEO, Cleveland Browns, 2012-present
*1994-1996 Philadelphia Eagles (executive assistant)
Philadelphia Eagles (Senior Vice President)
*1997-2001 Philadelphia Eagles (Executive Vice President)
*2001-2012 Philadelphia Eagles (Team President)
*2012-present Cleveland Browns (Executive CEO)

Joseph "Joe" Banner (born February 13, 1953) is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Browns and former Team President of the Philadelphia Eagles (2001–12).[1]

Pre-Football Career Edit

Banner attended the Rivers School in Massachusetts and studied economics at Denison University in Ohio. In 1975, he spent a semester interning at WCAU 1210 AM radio in Philadelphia; soon after, he was hired there as a sports producer and reporter.[2]

Banner left WCAU when he opened a chain of clothing stores in Boston called Designer’s Clothing. He then became Co-Chairman of the Board for the Greater Philadelphia chapter of City Year, a national non-profit organization promoting community service for youth.[2] [3]

Football Executive Edit

In 1994 Banner began his work in professional football when Jeffrey Lurie, an old friend, purchased the Eagles.[2] He was promoted in 1996 to senior vice president,[4] and in 1997 from senior vice president of administration[5] to executive vice president.[6][7] In 2006, his contract was extended through 2010.[8] On April 1, 2010, his contract was extended three more years through 2013.[9] He changed positions on June 7, 2012, becoming the strategic adviser to team owner Lurie. Don Smolenski replaced Banner as president.[10]

In 2001, Banner received a "PARTNERS Leadership Award" from the University of Pennsylvania for his extensive community service, including volunteer activities reading to students in the Boston public schools and spending time with severely ill children in the Boston Children's Hospital.[11] He has also been heavily involved, in both Boston and Philadelphia, with City Year, a program based on volunteers who commit to a year of full-time volunteer work.[12][13][14][15]

In 2012, Banner was reportedly part of a group that was interested in purchasing the Browns.[16]

On October 16, 2012, Banner was announced as the new CEO of the Cleveland Browns by new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III.[17]


  1. Cabot, Mary Kay (November 8, 2012). Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner tells The Plain Dealer that team must determine if Brandon Weeden is the guy. Cleveland Live LLC. Retrieved on November 26, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jared Shelly. "Joe Banner, Philadelphia Eagles’ president, lives and breathes football", Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia), October 24, 2008. 
  4. "Executive transactions", Sports Business Daily, June 21, 1996. 
  5. Mike Freeman. "The Edge of Greatness Is Precarious for Eagles", New York Times, April 6, 1997. 
  6. "Executive transactions", Sports Business Daily, July 25, 1997. 
  7. In 2001 he was promoted from the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer to the team president. "Transactions", New York Times, August 2, 2001. 
  8. Contract Extension for Banner (April 21, 2006). Archived from the original on June 5, 2011.
  9. Kent, Bob (April 1, 2010). Banner Extended; Smolenski Now COO. Retrieved on 2010-04-01.
  10. Schefter, Adam and Sal Paolantonio. "Joe Banner to become adviser",, June 7, 2012. Retrieved on 2012-06-07. 
  11. Ten Years Bringing City and Suburban Youth Together. PR Wire (January 4, 2001). Archived from the original on July 17, 2012.
  12. City Year Celebrates One Million Hours of Service; Thanks to Generous Corporate Supporters, Thousands in the City Have Benefited. PR Newswire (May 8, 2003). Archived from the original on July 19, 2012.
  13. City Year to Celebrate 10 Years of Service in Philadelphia; Present Award to Brian Tierney at Gala Wednesday. PR Newswire (May 23, 2007). Archived from the original on July 20, 2012.
  14. Bernard Dagenais. "Joe Banner enlists aid in call for help", Philadelphia Business Journal, May 2, 2008. 
  15. Morgan Zalot. "New team of City Year volunteers sworn in", Philadelphia Daily News, September 27, 2008. 

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