Casper Steps Down, Rowley Named President

Rowley moves into the president's position from COO.
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Posted: July 26, 2012

Brad Casper has resigned as President of the Phoenix Suns to focus on outside business ventures, the team announced today. Chief Operating Officer Jason Rowley will immediately assume responsibility for the club’s business operations as President. Lon Babby will continue serving as President of Basketball Operations.

"I enjoyed my time with the Suns," said Casper. "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."

Casper joined the Suns following a 5 1/2 year stint as President and CEO of the Dial Corporation and its successor, Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc. Casper has been Executive Chairman of a Dallas-based sports nutrition company since March 2011, and will focus his time on this and other local business interests, including serving on the Board of Directors of Grand Canyon University. Casper oversaw the Suns’ business operations since October 2011.

“I want to thank Brad for his contributions and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” said Robert Sarver, Phoenix Suns Managing Partner.

Rowley became COO in October 2011 after four seasons as the club’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

As COO, Rowley has overseen business units including game operations, broadcasting, legal affairs, and arena operations. He received his bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University of Arizona and prior to entering law school served in the U.S. Navy. Rowley began his legal career in 2001 with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix and was corporate counsel for Van Tuyl Group, the nation’s largest privately held automotive retailer, before joining the Suns.