David Morehouse has been named president of the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was announced Wednesday by Ken Sawyer, the team's CEO.
"The Penguins are entering an exciting new era with challenges to design and build the new
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arena, to redevelop the Mellon Arena site and to grow our revenues so that the team can remain competitive for years to come," Sawyer said. "It is time to expand our executive leadership."
Morehouse, 46, a native of Beechview, will represent the team in the redevelopment of the Mellon Arena site, governmental affairs and corporate relations. He also will oversee the ticket sales, marketing, corporate sales and communications departments.
"David brings a wealth of wide-ranging business and political experience, as well an intricate knowledge of Pittsburgh and a lifelong passion for the Penguins to this new position," Sawyer said. "He has worked closely with us on the new arena project for more than two years and already has developed a strong understanding of the inner workings of our organization. His appointment will also allow me to devote the time necessary to oversee the development of the new arena."
"For a kid from Beechview who used to sneak into the Civic Arena in the 1970s to watch Syl Apps, Jean Pronovost and Dave Burrows, this is a dream come true," Morehouse said. "I look forward to working with Ken and our staff to maximize the potential of the new arena and surrounding development for our organization, our fans, the city and the region. There are incredible opportunities here. The fact that the new building will be home to a potential Stanley Cup champion makes it all the more intriguing."
Morehouse joined the Penguins in December, 2004 as Senior Consultant on the new arena project, bringing with him extensive national experience in political decision-making, strategic planning and project development.
He served as a Senior Advisor to the John Kerry for President campaign in 2004, traveling on the campaign plane and serving as Senator Kerry's traveling chief of staff. He worked in the Clinton-Gore White House, at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill during much of the 1990s, including a stint as Senior Counselor to Vice President Al Gore from 1999-2001.
In addition to his political background, Morehouse worked as Deputy Director of Executive Education at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government from 2001-03, and was Deputy Director of D.A.R.E. America in 1997-98, responsible for the strategic direction of the worldwide drug prevention program.
"As a native Pittsburgher who has gone on to work at the White House, on Capitol Hill and on four Presidential campaigns, David is well known to our local and state politicians and many of our most influential corporate leaders," Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle said in a joint statement. "Those friendships and business relationships, and his recent work in our successful bid for a new arena, can only benefit the Penguins organization as we move into an exciting new era."
Morehouse attended South Hills Catholic High School, the Community College of Allegheny County and Duquesne University. He received a master's degree in public administration from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1999.
His national political career began in April of 1992, when he started as a motorcade driver before joining the Clinton-Gore campaign as a member of the advance staff, organizing and implementing campaign events for the successful Presidential bid.
During the first four years of the Clinton Administration, Morehouse served as Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs for the Department of Defense; as Deputy Director of Presidential Advance at the White House, where he coordinated advance operations for President Clinton and the First Lady; and as Director of Strategic Planning for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, where he served as an advisor to the Drug Czar, General Barry McCaffrey.
He was named Communications Director of the Kerry campaign in 2004 before being promoted to Senior Advisor. In addition to responsibility for day-to-day management of the road campaign, he was senior campaign representative during debate preparation and negotiations.
Morehouse and his wife, Vanessa, have two children, Jackson (4) and Mackenzie (1), and reside in Squirrel Hill.