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Executive Management

Tom Dundon

Chief Executive Officer / Owner / Governor

Tom Dundon, 47, is the chief executive officer, owner and governor of the Carolina Hurricanes. Dundon is also the Chairman and Managing Partner of Dundon Capital Partners, a Dallas-based private investment firm. His investment activities have spanned the entertainment, healthcare, real estate and hospitality, technology, automotive and financial services sectors.

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Peter Karmanos Jr.

Minority Owner / Alternate Governor

Peter Karmanos Jr., 76, serves as minority owner and alternate governor for the Carolina Hurricanes, as well as the chairman and cofounder of MadDog Technology. Karmanos sold the Carolina Hurricanes to Tom Dundon on Jan. 12, 2018, after serving as principal owner/governor and chief executive officer for the franchise since 1994. Karmanos retained a minority ownership interest in the team. 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 / General Manager / Alternate Governor

Don Waddell, 61, is entering his second season as the Hurricanes' general manager and his fifth as the team's president. Waddell was named the ninth general manager in franchise history on May 8, 2018. Waddell has 39 years of experience in professional hockey as a player, coach, general manager, scout and business executive. As General Manager, Waddell facilitates all of the team's hockey decisions and as President he oversees the business sides of the Carolina Hurricanes and PNC Arena.

Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Waddell spent three seasons as a consultant and 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 Flint Spirits. 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, and daughter, Sophie.

Jeff Vanderbilt

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Vanderbilt is in his second season as the Hurricanes' chief financial officer. As chief financial officer, Vanderbilt oversees all financial and human resource areas of the Hurricanes and PNC Arena. In conjunction to his role with the Hurricanes, Vanderbilt serves as chief financial officer of Employer Direct Healthcare and Dundon Capital Partners.

Vanderbilt began his career with KPMG in Dallas, where he served as Director of U.S. Capital Markets Group and Financial Due Diligence. More recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Controller at Santander Consumer USA. He earned his bachelor's and master's in accounting from Baylor University and is a certified public accountant.

Vanderbilt serves as a board member for The Senior Source, a Dallas-area nonprofit organization serving older adults and their loved ones. Vanderbilt resides in Dallas with his wife, Amy. They have two children: a son, Grady (4), and daughter, Briarly (4).

Davin Olsen

Executive Vice President / General Manager, PNC Arena

Davin Olsen is in his 23rd 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 Hurricanes 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 (27) and Jason (23).