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Paul DePodesta

Chief Strategy Officer of the NFL's Cleveland Browns & Former Manager of MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers; Subject of "Moneyball"

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 Paul DePodesta Biography

Paul DePodesta has made a career of evaluating, measuring, and assigning value to talent, as documented in Michael Lewis’s book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. The Moneyball methodology has become a mainstay strategy for business leaders looking for new approaches for overhauling stagnant systems.

After graduating Cum Laude from Harvard College with a degree in economics, DePodesta worked in the Canadian Football League and the American Hockey League. He then joined the Cleveland Indians Baseball Club as an intern in Player Development. Within a year, the Indians made him the advance scout for the Major League team, and two years later he was appointed Special Assistant to the General Manager.

DePodesta served as Assistant General Manager of the Oakland Athletics from 1999 to 2003—a tenure during which the A’s tied for the best winning percentage in baseball (392-255). At the time of his hire, Oakland was one of the worst teams in the league, coming off of six losing seasons while posting one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. In an industry entrenched in ingrained thinking and outdated systems, the stagnant team needed the unique management and creative approach that A’s GM Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta brought to the table.

The conventional wisdom in Major League Baseball is that wealthy teams—who spend three times as much on talent as poor teams—will win out. But in Paul DePodesta’s final four seasons in Oakland, the A’s won more regular season games than the New York Yankees, who during the same period spent $350 million more on player payroll than did the Athletics. In rethinking how the system works by asking what Paul DePodesta calls the naive question— "If we weren’t already doing it this way, is this the way we would start?”—he and Beane revolutionized the way baseball teams are built.

In DePodesta’s first season as Oakland’s Assistant GM in 1999, the Athletics enjoyed their first winning season in seven years and a year later began a run of four consecutive playoff appearances, including three American League West Division Titles. Amidst the remarkable run, the Toronto Blue Jays offered to make Paul DePodesta the youngest General Manager in the history of Major League Baseball (an offer he declined). His work has been recognized by various publications, including Fortune, who named him one of the Top 10 innovators under 40.

Formerly the Executive Vice President of the San Diego Padres, and General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2004-05 seasons, Paul DePodesta was the third-youngest person ever to assume the role of Major League GM. Assigned the task of turning around a team that had not won a postseason game since 1988, DePodesta guided Los Angeles to a Division title and a playoff victory in his first season at the helm. Beginning in 2010, DePodesta also served as Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting for the New York Mets, helping to lead the team to the 2015 World Series for the first time since 2000. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said DePodesta was a “huge factor” in the Mets’ success.

In December 2012, DePodesta joined Sears Holdings’ board of directors. Sears’ Chairman Edward S. Lampert said of Paul DePodesta that his “ability to scrutinize data and use it to assess talent and drive execution makes him ideally suited to join our board.”

In January 2016, DePodesta joined the NFL’s Cleveland Browns as Chief Strategy Officer. In this new role, he is responsible for assessing and implementing the best practices and strategies that will give the Browns the comprehensive resources needed to make optimal decisions for their players and team.

DePodesta is also an Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics at the Scripps Translational Sciences Institute.

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Paul DePodesta

Chief Strategy Officer of the NFL's Cleveland Browns & Former Manager of MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers; Subject of "Moneyball"

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Paul DePodesta Biography

Paul DePodesta has made a career of evaluating, measuring, and assigning value to talent, as documented in Michael Lewis’s book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. The Moneyball methodology has become a mainstay strategy for business leaders looking for new approaches for overhauling stagnant systems.

After graduating Cum Laude from Harvard College with a degree in economics, DePodesta worked in the Canadian Football League and the American Hockey League. He then joined the Cleveland Indians Baseball Club as an intern in Player Development. Within a year, the Indians made him the advance scout for the Major League team, and two years later he was appointed Special Assistant to the General Manager.

DePodesta served as Assistant General Manager of the Oakland Athletics from 1999 to 2003—a tenure during which the A’s tied for the best winning percentage in baseball (392-255). At the time of his hire, Oakland was one of the worst teams in the league, coming off of six losing seasons while posting one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. In an industry entrenched in ingrained thinking and outdated systems, the stagnant team needed the unique management and creative approach that A’s GM Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta brought to the table.

The conventional wisdom in Major League Baseball is that wealthy teams—who spend three times as much on talent as poor teams—will win out. But in Paul DePodesta’s final four seasons in Oakland, the A’s won more regular season games than the New York Yankees, who during the same period spent $350 million more on player payroll than did the Athletics. In rethinking how the system works by asking what Paul DePodesta calls the naive question— "If we weren’t already doing it this way, is this the way we would start?”—he and Beane revolutionized the way baseball teams are built.

In DePodesta’s first season as Oakland’s Assistant GM in 1999, the Athletics enjoyed their first winning season in seven years and a year later began a run of four consecutive playoff appearances, including three American League West Division Titles. Amidst the remarkable run, the Toronto Blue Jays offered to make Paul DePodesta the youngest General Manager in the history of Major League Baseball (an offer he declined). His work has been recognized by various publications, including Fortune, who named him one of the Top 10 innovators under 40.

Formerly the Executive Vice President of the San Diego Padres, and General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2004-05 seasons, Paul DePodesta was the third-youngest person ever to assume the role of Major League GM. Assigned the task of turning around a team that had not won a postseason game since 1988, DePodesta guided Los Angeles to a Division title and a playoff victory in his first season at the helm. Beginning in 2010, DePodesta also served as Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting for the New York Mets, helping to lead the team to the 2015 World Series for the first time since 2000. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said DePodesta was a “huge factor” in the Mets’ success.

In December 2012, DePodesta joined Sears Holdings’ board of directors. Sears’ Chairman Edward S. Lampert said of Paul DePodesta that his “ability to scrutinize data and use it to assess talent and drive execution makes him ideally suited to join our board.”

In January 2016, DePodesta joined the NFL’s Cleveland Browns as Chief Strategy Officer. In this new role, he is responsible for assessing and implementing the best practices and strategies that will give the Browns the comprehensive resources needed to make optimal decisions for their players and team.

DePodesta is also an Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics at the Scripps Translational Sciences Institute.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Paul DePodesta for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Paul DePodesta, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Paul DePodesta or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Paul DePodesta?

    Booking fees for Paul DePodesta, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Paul DePodesta, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Paul DePodesta?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Paul DePodesta for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Paul DePodesta for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Paul DePodesta or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Paul DePodesta or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Paul DePodesta is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Paul DePodesta for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Paul DePodesta generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Guy Kawasaki, Mitch Lowe, Marc Randolph, Jez Humble and Shawn Achor. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Paul DePodesta for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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