clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

MLSE hires Michael Friisdahl to replace Tim Leiweke as president

New, comments

The Toronto sports scene is going through some changes right now.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

From the reports on TSN, it looks like the search to replace MLSE President Tim Leiweke is over. The organization is set to hire Michael Friisdahl, an Air Canada executive, to take the reins. What this means for the Raptors is, as you can imagine, still very much unclear.

From the TSN report:

Friisdahl joins MLSE from Air Canada, where since 2012 he was president and chief executive of the airline's leisure group, which runs Air Canada Vacations, a tour operator business.

Friisdahl's previous positions included CEO of Thomas Cook North America and CEO of the tour operator Holiday Network.

Obviously, Friisdahl will have some big shoes to fill. He's taking over for Leiweke, a man who oversaw the Raptors securing a D-League team, new practice facility, All-Star weekend and in-game success. (This is to say nothing of what Leiweke did for Toronto FC as well.)

Fortunately, MLSE is keeping alive its streak of hiring executives with confounding vowel combinations in their names.

Any comment on this one guys?