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Joe Banner (born February 13, 1953) is a former front office consultant for the Atlanta Falcons, former chief executive officer of the Cleveland Browns,[1] and former president of the Philadelphia Eagles (2001–12).[2]

Joe Banner
Personal information
Born: (1953-02-13) February 13, 1953 (age 66)
Career information
High school:Rivers School
College:Denison University
Career history
As executive:

Pre-football careerEdit

Born to a Jewish family,[3] 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.[4]

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.[4][5]

Football executiveEdit

In 1994 Banner began his work in professional football when Jeffrey Lurie, an old friend, purchased the Eagles.[4] He was promoted in 1996 to senior vice president,[6] and in 1997 from senior vice president of administration[7] to executive vice president.[8][9] In 2006, his contract was extended through 2010.[10] On April 1, 2010, his contract was extended three more years through 2013.[11] He changed positions on June 7, 2012, becoming the strategic adviser to team owner Lurie. Don Smolenski replaced Banner as president.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14][15][16][17]

In 2012, Banner was reportedly part of a group that was interested in purchasing the Cleveland Browns.[18]

On October 16, 2012, Banner was announced as the new CEO of the Cleveland Browns by new owner Jimmy Haslam III.[19]

On February 11, 2014, the Cleveland Browns announced that Banner (as well as the team's General Manager, Mike Lombardi) would be leaving the Browns within the next two months.[20]

On December 24, 2014, Banner was hired by the Atlanta Falcons.


  1. ^ Carucci, Vic. "Ray Farmer promoted to GM Joe Banner to step down". Retrieved 2/11/14. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ 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 November 26, 2012. Q: Will you assume the title of president or hire one after Mike Holmgren leaves? A: CEO is more than enough. Everybody in the building reports to me. If I do hire a president, it won't be for the football side. ... Right now I'm 60-40 on not naming a president, but that could change.
  3. ^ Dempsey, John Mark (October 13, 2006). Sports-talk Radio in America: Its Context and Culture. Routledge. p. 117. ISBN 9780789025906.
  4. ^ a b c Jared Shelly (October 24, 2008). "Joe Banner, Philadelphia Eagles' president, lives and breathes football". Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia).
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  6. ^ "Executive transactions". Sports Business Daily. June 21, 1996.
  7. ^ Mike Freeman (April 6, 1997). "The Edge of Greatness Is Precarious for Eagles". New York Times.
  8. ^ "Executive transactions". Sports Business Daily. July 25, 1997.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Contract Extension for Banner". April 21, 2006.
  11. ^ Kent, Bob (April 1, 2010). "Banner Extended; Smolenski Now COO". Retrieved 2010-04-01.
  12. ^ Schefter, Adam and Sal Paolantonio (June 7, 2012). "Joe Banner to become adviser". Retrieved 2012-06-07.
  13. ^ "Ten Years Bringing City and Suburban Youth Together". PR Wire. January 4, 2001.
  14. ^ "City Year Celebrates One Million Hours of Service; Thanks to Generous Corporate Supporters, Thousands in the City Have Benefited". PR Newswire. May 8, 2003.
  15. ^ "City Year to Celebrate 10 Years of Service in Philadelphia; Present Award to Brian Tierney at Gala Wednesday". PR Newswire. May 23, 2007.
  16. ^ Bernard Dagenais (May 2, 2008). "Joe Banner enlists aid in call for help". Philadelphia Business Journal.
  17. ^ Morgan Zalot (September 27, 2008). "New team of City Year volunteers sworn in". Philadelphia Daily News.
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  20. ^ Sessler, Marc. "Browns announce Banner, Lombardi to step down". Retrieved 2/11/14. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)