Firm hired for commish search

The eight-member ownership committee leading the search for a new NFL commissioner has selected the executive search firm of Korn/Ferry International to assist in the process, committee co-chairs Jerry Richardson and Dan Rooney announced today.

Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY) is one of the world's leading executive recruiters, having conducted more than 100,000 senior-level searches since its founding in 1969. Based in Los Angeles, Korn/Ferry has 70 offices worldwide and has worked with many of the world's top companies. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Paul Reilly will lead Korn/Ferry's team on the NFL search.

The members of the search committee, in addition to Richardson and Rooney, are Al Davis of the Oakland Raiders, Lamar Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs, Woody Johnson of the New York Jets, Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots, and Mike McCaskey of the Chicago Bears.

The committee will consider in the search process individuals of diverse experiences both inside and outside the NFL and assist the league's full ownership in reaching a consensus on the person to be chosen as the league's next commissioner. The selection of a new commissioner requires the approval of 22 of 32 clubs.

The committee will report to the clubs on a regular basis during the search process, including at a regularly scheduled league meeting on May 23-24 in Denver.

Paul Tagliabue, who has served as NFL commissioner since 1989, announced on March 20 that he is retiring.

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