Pete Ward, whose tenure with the Colts is in its 30th season, has been named Chief Operating Officer, Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay announced Thursday.


Indianapolis Colts Name Pete Ward Chief Operating Officer

Pete Ward, whose tenure with the Colts organization is in its 30th season, has been named chief operating officer, Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay announced Thursday.

Ward has served in numerous capacities since joining the Colts in 1981. Upon the team's 1984 move to Indianapolis, he served as director of operations. Ward's subsequent promotions included his most recent role of senior executive vice president, his title since 2001.

"I am pleased to promote Pete Ward to the position of chief operating officer," said Irsay. "People familiar with our organization both locally and nationally have recognized Pete's outstanding work for many years. His valued talents and vision have benefited the Colts magnificently, and this is a very deserving honor for one of the longest serving people in the history of the franchise."

Ward has worked closely with all aspects of the team's operations, including serving as a lead liaison on the construction of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Ward's civic involvements include board positions with the IU Simon Cancer Center, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana Convention and Visitors Association and Crossroads of America.

Ward is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Lena, reside with their children, Maddy and Sam, in Zionsville.

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