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Toronto Blue Jays team president and CEO

Mark Shapiro, American professional sports team executive. Named Executive of Year, Sporting News, 2005, 2007; named one of 40 Under 40, Sports Business Journal, 2006.

Background

Shapiro, Mark was born on April 3, 1967 in Baltimore. Son of Ronald M. Shapiro.

Education

Bachelor in History, Princeton University, 1989.

Career

He previously worked with the Cleveland Indians from 1991 to 2015, beginning in player development and ending as team president. Shapiro worked in the Cleveland Indians organization since 1991 when he was recommended by former Tribe GM Hank Peters. He had worked his way up from player development director to assistant general manager, and in 2001 became general manager.

Shapiro was named Executive of the Year by the Sporting News in 2005 and 2007, following 90+ wins seasons by the Indians, including an American League Central Division Championship in 2007. At the end of the 2010 season, he became the Cleveland Indians team president, with Chris Antonetti succeeding Shapiro as general manager. On August 31, 2015, The Toronto Blue Jays announced that Shapiro would become their new president and chief executive officer (CEO) at the end of the 2015 season, succeeding Paul Beeston.

Shapiro did not formally begin working in the new role until October 31, 2015, the same day that Beeston retired. In a press conference on November 2, Shapiro named Tony LaCava the interim general manager, to replace Alex Anthopoulos. Subsequently, on December 3, 2015, Ross Atkins was named as the team's fifth general manager, under Mark Shapiro.

Personal lifeHe graduated from the Gilman School in 1985 and Princeton University in 1989 with a degree in history. Shapiro married Lissa Bockrath-Shapiro in January 2001. Bockrath-Shapiro is a 1995 graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Art, and owns an art gallery called Bockrath Gallery.

They lived in Bentleyville, Ohio while Shapiro worked for the Indians. Shapiro was played by actor Reed Diamond in the 2011 film Moneyball.

Achievements

  • Two-time Sporting News Executive of the Year (2005, 2007)Honorary Doctor of Letters from Baldwin Wallace University (2014). 2007 American League Central Division Champion (as Indians Executive VP/GM).

Connections

Married Lissa Bockrath-Shapiro. Children: Caden Reid, Sierra Aris.

father:
Ronald M. Shapiro Shapiro

spouse:
Lissa Bockrath-Shapiro

child:
Caden Reid Shapiro

child:
Sierra Aris Shapiro