Moment 49 Rising The Ranks

Moment 49
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June 05, 1989

Bob Harlan, a member of the front office since 1971, is named president and CEO of the Packers.

Harlan would serve as the team’s principal executive for 19 seasons, through 2007, the second-longest tenure in team history behind Dominic Olejniczak’s 24 years. His impact on the football team’s on-field fortunes was greatest with the hiring of Ron Wolf as general manager with full authority over all football operations in 1992.

Also on his watch, the Packers built the Don Hutson Center in 1994 and sold stock for the first time in 47 years in 1997, with the money going toward the Lambeau Field redevelopment project. Harlan was also instrumental in making that 2003 project a reality, campaigning extensively for the half-cent sales tax in Brown County needed to fund a significant portion of it.

At the completion of the Lambeau redevelopment, the Robert E. Harlan Plaza was dedicated in front of the main entrance to the stadium in 2003, and the following year Harlan was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame.
  • Rising The Ranks
    Photo credit: Green Bay Press-Gazette
  • Rising The Ranks
    Photo credit: Green Bay Press-Gazette