Former chief operating officer Jason Rowley will assume the president position for the Phoenix Suns after Brad Casper stepped down, the team announced on Thursday. Casper leaves to pursue other business opportunities, according to a press release.
“I enjoyed my time with the Suns,” Casper said in the release. “It was a wonderful opportunity for me, but ultimately serving the Suns while continuing to juggle a portfolio of other business interests became too much. I’m grateful to have worked with so many gifted professionals and I look forward to cheering on the team next season.”
Rowley, who earned a law degree from the University of Arizona after serving in the U.S. Navy, leaves his COO post less than a year after taking it. He took the position in October 2011 and was in charge of the business side of the Suns — he dealt with game operations, broadcasting, legal items and arena operations at US Airways Center.
Prior to holding the COO position, Rowley spent four years as senior vice president and general counsel.
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Casper leaves to focus on his other business endeavors, including working as executive chairman for a sports nutrition company in Dallas and sitting on the board of directors at Grand Canyon University. His stint as president didn’t last a year, as he, like Rowley, had been at his post since October 2011.
“I want to thank Brad for his contributions and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” said Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver in a release.