Dennis Lauscha, who was named president of the New Orleans Saints in 2012, oversees the club’s financial operations and government affairs as well as its marketing, ticket and suite sales, legal, stadium, community affairs, human resources, information technology and facilities departments. He’s also one of the club’s representatives at NFL Owner’s Meetings. Lauscha was also named President of the National Basketball Association’s New Orleans Pelicans in June, 2012, after serving as the lead negotiator for Owner/Chairman of the Board Tom Benson’s purchase of the team.
Entering his 16th season with the Saints, Lauscha has held several positions and responsibilities with the team, most recently as executive vice president/chief financial officer from 2009-12. In addition to his duties with the Saints and Pelicans, the New Orleans native maintains multiple roles within other holdings of Benson, maintaining a role in the management of New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE-TV, and Zelia, LLC.
Lauscha was promoted to executive vice president in May, 2009, after serving as senior vice president from 2006-09, and first being named a vice president after joining the Saints as chief financial officer in 1998. He’s a key member of the team that actively pursues future Super Bowls for the City of New Orleans – and was instrumental in landing Super Bowl XLVII, which was played on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Lauscha was part of the Saints’ contingent that negotiated the agreement with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on a partnership that continues the club’s commitment to the state through 2025. The deal included the Benson family purchasing and redeveloping the former New Orleans Centre, which has been transformed into Champions Square, and Benson Tower property adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. As a result of the agreement, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome underwent extensive renovations and improvements that have transformed the iconic home of the Saints into one of the most advanced stadiums in the country.
The innovative agreement has dramatically modernized the team’s playing facility, revitalized the area around the stadium and has generated revenue for the state without any new taxes for citizens. In 2011, Lauscha also played a key role in finalizing a ground-breaking ten-year stadium naming rights and sponsorship agreement with Mercedes-Benz.
In 2008, he was also a primary member of the negotiating team during the purchase of WVUE, and has since helped steward the station’s growth in the New Orleans market.
Lauscha was instrumental in the 2003 expansion of the Saints training facility and over the past two years, he has overseen an extensive renovation and expansion of the club’s main facility and administrative offices for both the Saints and Pelicans, while directing the construction of a practice facility for the basketball team. In September 2013, both clubs will be housed to full capabilities on the same site, featuring some of the top facilities in professional sports.
Lauscha has been involved with numerous league-wide initiatives, including an NFL working committee for league financial reporting and a working committee for disaster preparedness. He has also completed the NFL Managers Program at Stanford University's Executive Education Graduate School of Business.
Active throughout the community, Lauscha currently serves as Chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Loyola University School of Business, as a member the NBA’s Team Advisory Council of Presidents, the NBA All Star Game Host Committee, Stuart Hall School Board of Trustees and on the Louisiana Museum Foundation Board. Lauscha has completed terms as board president of the Preservation Resource Center, president of the regional chapter of the Boy Scouts of America and as a member of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Blight Transition New Orleans Task Force and of the Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee.
His dealings with the Saints, state officials and local organizations have provided an opportunity for community involvement. His professional and charitable work was recognized by New Orleans CityBusiness when Lauscha was selected as one of the 40 Most Influential Members of the Community. The honor is bestowed on those who are laying the groundwork for a better city. In 2010, he was named the Alumnus of the Year by Loyola University of New Orleans’ College of Business and also was named to the 2010 Class of Role Models by the Young Leadership Council, recognizing his commitment and contributions to the enhancement of the community.
After graduating from Jesuit High School, Lauscha graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in business. He has also received a master’s of business administration from Loyola University in New Orleans and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining the Saints, Lauscha worked as the club's auditor for four years while working for a national accounting firm.