ALAMEDA, Calif. — Amy Trask resigned from the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, ending her tenure as the only female CEO in the NFL and as one of the highest-ranking women in American professional sports.
A fierce advocate for late owner Al Davis, Trask found her role reshaped under Mark Davis, who took over for his father upon his death in October 2011.
Since the arrival of general manager Reggie McKenzie in January 2012, Trask’s primary duties were to generate revenue through marketing and ticket sales and help the organization in its quest for a new stadium.
The Raiders are in the final year of their lease at O.co Coliseum. Trask has publicly pushed for a new stadium on the current site, with no deal on the horizon.
In an email to reporters, Trask said, “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.”
Trask joined the Raiders in 1987 in the legal department with the club in Los Angeles and was named CEO in 1997.
The Raiders, who have restructured both the football and business side of the organization since the death of Al Davis, acknowledged Trask’s departure with a statement on the club website:
“Mark Davis, Carol Davis and the rest of the Raider family would like to thank Amy Trask for her valued contributions to the Raiders over the past 25 years. The Raiders wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”
Neither Trask nor Mark Davis could be reached for comment.
In the past six months, the Raiders interviewed former Madison Square Garden president Scott O’Neil and NFL executive Ray Anderson for a leadership role on the business side of the organization.
At a news conference in February to announce the plan to close the east side structure known as Mount Davis and reduce ticket capacity to approximately 53,000, Trask confirmed the interviews with O’Neil and Anderson and said she participated in them.
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