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Executive Management

Peter Karmanos Jr.

Chief Executive Officer / Owner / Governor

Peter Karmanos Jr. is the principal owner/governor and chief executive officer of the Carolina Hurricanes, as well as the chairman and co-founder of MadDog Technology. On Nov. 9, 2015, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the category of Builder, defined as an individual who has contributed to the development of the game of hockey, moving the game forward.

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Don Waddell

President, Gale Force Sports & Entertainment

Don Waddell, 57, is in his third season with the Hurricanes after being named President of Gale Force Sports & Entertainment on July 1, 2014. Waddell has more than 35 years of experience in professional hockey as a player, coach, general manager, scout and business executive. As President of Gale Force Sports & Entertainment, Waddell oversees the business sides of the Carolina Hurricanes and PNC Arena.

Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Waddell spent three seasons as a professional scout with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Waddell was general manager of the Atlanta Thrashers from the team's founding in 1998, until 2010 when he took the role of team president. Waddell also served as executive vice president and co-chair of the executive committee of the Atlanta Spirit, the parent company of the Thrashers, the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. He won the Stanley Cup as assistant general manager of the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98.

Before becoming an NHL executive, Waddell helped build and guide two International Hockey League (IHL) franchises in San Diego (1990-95) and Orlando (1995-97) as those clubs' executive vice president and general manager. While in Orlando, he was vice president of RDV Sports and served on the executive committee that oversaw the NBA's Orlando Magic, the IHL's Orlando Solar Bears and the company's retail and aviation interests. Waddell was twice named IHL executive of the year (1992-93 and 1995-96).

Waddell played four seasons of Division I collegiate hockey from 1976-80 at Northern Michigan University where he majored in business management. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1978, and spent three years with the organization. Waddell played more than nine seasons of professional hockey, spending the final years of his playing career as player/coach of the IHL's Toledo Goaldiggers (1985-86) and Flint Spirits (1986-88). He also served as head coach of the San Diego Gulls in 1991-92, and was interim head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers on two occasions during his tenure with the club.

A native of Detroit, MI, Waddell has also served in several capacities with USA Hockey during the past five decades. In October 2013, he was named international consultant with a special focus on player identification and interface with the U.S. National Junior Team and USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. Waddell was the general manager for United States' teams at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Italy, and the 2001, 2002 and 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Men's World Championships. As a player, he helped Team USA to the gold medal at the 1983 IIHF World Championship.

Don lives in Raleigh with his wife, Cheryl. Their daughter, Chelsea, and son-in-law, Zach, live in Duluth, GA, with their son, Noah.

Ron Francis

Executive Vice President / General Manager

Ron Francis is in his 12th season in management with the Hurricanes and his fourth as executive vice president and general manager. Francis was named the eighth general manager in franchise history on April 28, 2014, and the second to serve as general manager after also playing for the team. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., native served as vice president of hockey operations prior to his appointment as general manager. As executive vice president and general manager, Francis, 54, is responsible for all of the team's hockey decisions. In addition to his hockey operations duties, Francis also serves as one of the team's alternate governors.

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Dennis Moore

Chief Financial Officer

Dennis Moore is in his third season as the Hurricanes' chief financial officer after previously serving as president and chief financial officer of the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers. As CFO, Moore oversees all financial and human resource areas of the Hurricanes and PNC Arena. In addition, Moore oversees the financial operations of the Florida Everblades and Germain Arena and serves as secretary of the Compuware youth hockey program. 

Born and raised in Commerce, MI, Moore has worked for owner Peter Karmanos Jr. for more than 20 years, starting at Compuware Corporation in 1995. Prior to being promoted to president and CFO of the Plymouth Whalers, he also served as director of finance and vice president. Moore received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Ferris State University prior to completing his master's degree in finance at Walsh College. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Michigan Association of CPAs.

Dennis and his wife, Deborah, reside in North Raleigh with their sons, Nathan (12) and Nicholas (16).

Davin Olsen

Executive Vice President / General Manager, PNC Arena

Davin Olsen is in his 21st year with the franchise. Olsen oversees the daily operations and functions held at PNC Arena. He contracts, schedules and coordinates all logistical and technical aspects of events that take place at the arena.

While he is based in Raleigh, Olsen also consults on other Gale Force Holdings ventures, including Germain Arena in Ft. Myers, Fla., and Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Olsen served as the director of recreational facilities at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. With more than 28 years of experience in arena management, Olsen has also administered the New Haven Coliseum, the Hartford Civic Center and UNC-Charlotte.

Olsen and his wife, Marci, reside in Apex. He has two sons: Davin (25) and Jason (21).