Amy Trask is ending her run as one of the highest-ranking women in American professional sports. The Oakland Raiders CEO on Sunday announced that she was retiring after 25 seasons.
Trask started with the Raiders when they were still in Los Angeles and then moved with the team to Oakland in 1995. Trask went on to become the teams CEO in 1997 after serving as late owner Al Davis’ most trusted adviser.
In an email statement regarding her retirement, Trask wrote:
“Earlier today, I informed Mark Davis of my decision to leave the Raiders. Having honored a commitment that I made to effectuate a smooth transition and transfer of control, I no longer wish to remain with the organization. For over a quarter of a century, it was my honor and my privilege to work for the Raiders. I will forever appreciate the opportunity afforded me by Al Davis.”
In a team statement, the Raiders added:
“Mark Davis, Carol Davis and the rest of the Raiders family would like to thank Amy Trask for her valued contributions to the Raiders for the past 25 years. The Raiders wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”
Mark took over the team after his fathers death in 2011. After taking control, he hired GM Reggie McKenzie to run the teams operations in January 2012.
After Al Davis’ death, much of the Raiders front office and coaching staff were let go and replaced with new blood. Even some of the teams trusted scouts were shown the door.
In her last years with the Raiders, Trask was attempting to ditch the clubs aging stadium. Trask was working with the city of Oakland to potentially build a new stadium and now she exits the franchise in the last year of its stadium lease.
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