Date of birth
(1953-02-13) February 13, 1953 (age 62)
Rivers School, Denison University
Michael Lombardi, Jimmy Haslam, Jeffrey Lurie, Ray Farmer, Rob Chudzinski
Browns ceo joe banner
Joe Banner (born February 13, 1953) is a former front office consultant for the Atlanta Falcons, former chief executive officer of the Cleveland Browns, and former president of the Philadelphia Eagles (2001–12).
Banner attended the Rivers School in Massachusetts and studied economics at Denison University in Ohio. In 1975, he spent a semester interning at WCAU 1210 AM radio in Philadelphia; soon after, he was hired there as a sports producer and reporter.
Banner left WCAU when he opened a chain of clothing stores in Boston called Designer’s Clothing. He then became Co-Chairman of the Board for the Greater Philadelphia chapter of City Year, a national non-profit organization promoting community service for youth.
In 1994 Banner began his work in professional football when Jeffrey Lurie, an old friend, purchased the Eagles. He was promoted in 1996 to senior vice president, and in 1997 from senior vice president of administration to executive vice president. In 2006, his contract was extended through 2010. On April 1, 2010, his contract was extended three more years through 2013. He changed positions on June 7, 2012, becoming the strategic adviser to team owner Lurie. Don Smolenski replaced Banner as president.
In 2001, Banner received a "PARTNERS Leadership Award" from the University of Pennsylvania for his extensive community service, including volunteer activities reading to students in the Boston public schools and spending time with severely ill children in the Boston Children's Hospital. He has also been heavily involved, in both Boston and Philadelphia, with City Year, a program based on volunteers who commit to a year of full-time volunteer work.
In 2012, Banner was reportedly part of a group that was interested in purchasing the Cleveland Browns.
On October 16, 2012, Banner was announced as the new CEO of the Cleveland Browns by new owner Jimmy Haslam III.
On February 11, 2014, the Cleveland Browns announced that Banner (as well as the team's General Manager, Mike Lombardi) would be leaving the Browns within the next two months.
On December 24, 2014, Banner was hired by the Atlanta Falcons.