Big Business is full of dynamic transitions: the brightest stars are always seeking more power and influence. And college football? Well, we all know that’s the biggest business of all.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Texas A&M Athletic Director Scott Woodward is practically a shoo-in to replace outgoing LSU AD Joe Alleva:
Hearing that A&M AD Scott Woodward, who grew up around #LSU and worked there, could be very tempted by the Tigers' AD vacancy. A&M's own thorny leadership dynamic at the top in College Station could be a factor. https://t.co/xnAaXyE5di— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 17, 2019
Such is life. Talent like Woodward is always looking for the next perfect opportunity to shine. What do great companies do? Hire the best and brightest and move on.
Here are five potential candidates to replace Woodward as Director of Athletics at Texas A&M University. All of them share one key trait: they are Fortune 500 CEO’s.
Ramon Laguarta, CEO of PepsiCo
Ramon brings an extensive global working knowledge of beverage marketing. Most importantly, the transition would be virtually seamless, as Texas A&M is already a Pepsi customer. Laguarta is a graduate of the Arizona State Thunderbird School of Global Management, which is extremely cool-sounding, and only a couple states away from us.
Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks
If you want instant brand recognition, it’s difficult to top the Seattle-based coffee giant. Hailing from Seattle, Kevin is already intimately familiar with the concept of the 12th Man, and excels at bringing a very highly-discussed, ultimately average product to the masses at above-average prices (much like Kyle Field).
Laura J. Alber, CEO of Williams-Sonoma
What’s the keystone of any successful business? Knowing your customer base. We can assure you that NOBODY knows how to market to straightlaced white people with far too much disposable income than Williams-Sonoma. (Sorry, Aggieland Outfitters.)
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter
Nobody is smarter than the people of Twitter. Want to crowdsource your next hire? Poll #AggieTwitter. Wondering which Adidas uniforms to invest in? Poll #AggieTwitter. Need branding ideas for the Kyle Field ribbon boards? Poll #AggieTwitter. Need to appease the donors and regents by throwing out all semblance of accountability and level-headed reasoning? You guessed it.
Vince McMahon, CEO of WWE
Vince is unique in the candidate pool in that he has direct, hands-on experience at building a sports empire. The downside? Gameday atmosphere at Kyle Field might seem tame or subdued under his leadership when compared to current standards.
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