<span>The New Orleans Saints have promoted Dennis Lauscha to Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer; it was announced today by Owner Tom Benson. Lauscha, entering his 12th season with the club, maintains multiple roles with the Saints, and recently had a lead position in negotiations with government officials on the agreement with the State of Louisiana to modernize the Superdome and extend the team's lease through 2025. He also played a key role in the bid to land the 2013 Super Bowl for New Orleans.
"Dennis is an integral part of our organization and this is a well-deserved promotion," said Mr. Benson. "His work affects everything the Saints are able to accomplish, on and off the field. Dennis may keep a low profile publicly, but his work is often for the good of everyone – important projects like getting Super Bowls for our city and working to make the Superdome a better stadium. Dennis is a New Orleans native and he is a credit to our community."
Lauscha, who is annually part of the Saints' contingent at NFL Owner's Meetings, directs all financial functions of the organization and supervises several departments. During his tenure with the club, he has been instrumental in the expansion of the team's training facility, including the addition of a new weight room, indoor practice field and cafeteria.
Lauscha was also a primary member of the negotiating team during Mr. Benson's 2008 purchase of WVUE FOX-8, and also negotiated the deal to bring Horizon Entertainment to New Orleans. The joint venture is a television production, content development and motion graphics studio that are part of Mr. Benson's Louisiana Media Company.
Including the NFL working committee for league financial reporting and a working committee for disaster preparedness, Lauscha is involved with several league-wide initiatives. His dealings with the Saints, government officials and local organizations have also provided an opportunity for extensive community involvement. Lauscha recently completed terms as president of the Preservation Resource Center and as president of the regional chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. He also serves on the visiting committee at the Loyola School of Business.
Lauscha joined the Saints in 1998, has been a vice president since 2003 and was promoted with the additional title of senior vice president in 2006.
A graduate of Jesuit High School, Lauscha attended the University of Alabama and graduated with a degree in business, received a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Lauscha and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Dennis Patrick, Jr., and a daughter, Evelyn Anne.