Marlins promote Caroline O'Connor to president
Caroline O'Connor didn't know what her ceiling was when she entered the sports business world, simply because there were so few examples of women who traveled her path.
Turns out, she had no limit.
The Miami Marlins promoted O'Connor to president of business operations on Monday, making them the first U.S. major sports franchise to have women serving simultaneously as president and general manager. The Marlins made history by hiring Kim Ng as GM in November 2020; two years later, they've made another significant move.
"When I talk to young girls, I really like them to see me in my role because I didn't feel like I had that role model," O'Connor said. "And I want people to see themselves when they see me and know that it is a possibility."
She was brought to the Marlins by then-CEO Derek Jeter in 2017 as a senior vice president and chief of staff, then became the team's chief operating officer in 2019.