In an email sent out to the media on Saturday, Amy Trask, after over 25 years in the Raiders organization, unexpectedly announced her resignation as the team’s CEO.
The email, per Jerry McDonald, reads:
Earlier today, I informed Mark Davis of my decision to leave the Raiders. Having honored a commitment that I made to effectuate a smooth transition and transfer of control, I no longer wish to remain with the organization.
For over a quarter of a century, it was my honor and my privilege to work for the Raiders. I will forever appreciate the opportunity afforded me by Al Davis.
The Raiders issued the following statement in wake of the news:
Mark Davis, Carol Davis and the rest of the Raider family would like to thank Amy Trask for her valued contributions to the Raiders over the past 25 years. The Raiders wish her the very best in her future endeavors.
Trask first joined the Raiders in 1987 as a member of the team’s legal department. Pursuant to one of Al Davis’ more endearing legacies as somebody who wasn’t afraid to break down social barriers, Trask was elevated to CEO in 1997, making her the first female high-ranking team executive in NFL history.
Her role inside the organization diminished considerably, however, soon after the Mark Davis regime began its reign and Reggie McKenzie was brought in to handle football operations. Trask was left with only the business side to look over.
Trask’s departure shouldn’t come as a total shock to those closely following the news. In recent months, reports have surfaced that the Raiders have been interviewing candidates for a position as team president, namely Madison Square Garden president Scott O’Neal and NFL executive Ray Anderson.