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NFL's Chris Halpin to join digital media holding company IAC

By Ben Fischer

NFL Exec VP and Chief Strategy & Growth Officer CHRIS HALPIN will leave the league later this month to become CFO of the digital media holding company IAC, the company announced this morning. The move is effective Jan. 26. Halpin has been at the NFL since June '13, when he started as VP/Media Strategy & Business Development. Since then, he has risen in the ranks to his current role, where he leads the league’s sports betting and international strategy. Some had considered him a contender to replace Commissioner ROGER GOODELL, but most succession speculation placed him a tier below Exec VP and Chief Business Officer BRIAN ROLAPP, believed to be the internal favorite. Goodell’s current contract runs through March '24.

Halpin will not be replaced, and his duties will be spread across others on the NFL's executive team. The international portfolio will be inherited by Exec VP/Club Business and Legal Events PETER O'REILLY; legal sports betting goes to CRO RENIE ANDERSON; strategy will go under CFO JOE SICLARE; and data & analytics goes to Exec VP/Chief Administration Officer DASHA SMITH.

At IAC, Halpin will report to CEO JOEY LEVIN and oversee all finance, accounting, M&A, investor relations and administration. Notable IAC brands include People, Southern Living and the Daily Beast, among others. Prior to joining the NFL, Halpin was a partner and managing director at Providence Equity Partners. Halpin was an SBJ "Forty Under 40" honoree in '16.

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