President, CEO & General Manager
In his 34th season of professional baseball, David Dombrowski enters his 11th season with the Tigers after being
named team president on November 5, 2001 and assuming the role of general manager on April 8, 2002.
- Shared The Sporting News Executive of the Year honors with Milwaukee's Doug Melvin in 2011 as the Tigers
finished with a 95-67 record to win the American League Central Division title and advanced to the American
League Championship Series...the American League Central Division title was the first in franchise history and
the team's first division title since winning the American League East Division title in 1987.
- Received the Andrew "Rube" Foster Award in 2011 as the American League Executive of the Year, presented by
the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
- Inducted into the Lou Boudreau Hall of Fame by the Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago on January 29, 2012.
- Named Baseball America's Executive of the Year in 2006 as the Tigers finished with a 95-67 record to claim the
American League Wild Card and advanced to the World Series for the first time since 1984.
- Prior to joining the Tigers, he served as the Florida Marlins president and general manager...named the Marlins
first executive vice-president and general manager on September 19, 1991, and added the duties of president
on March 1, 2000 as he became the third president in Marlins history.
- Was the architect of the 1997 World Series Champion Marlins...Florida became the fastest expansion club to
claim a World Series title as the club was in just its fifth season.
- Florida became the first-ever expansion team to improve its record in each of its first five seasons under his
guidance...the Marlins improved from sixth in the National League East in their inaugural season of 1993 (64-98,
.395), to fifth in 1994 (51-64, .443), to fourth in 1995 (67-76, .469), to third in 1996 (80-82, .494) and to second
in 1997 (92-70, .568).
- USA Today named the Marlins its Organization of the Year in 1998, an award presented to the team with the
most and the best prospects.
- Previous to his appointment with the Marlins on September 19, 1991, he served nearly five seasons with the
Montreal Expos...joined the Expos on December 5, 1986 as the director of minor league clubs before being
promoted to assistant to the general manager on August 11, 1987...named vice-president/player personnel on
July 5, 1988 and added general manager to his title prior to the 1990 season.
- Named the UPI Major League Executive of the Year in 1990 as Montreal finished third in the National League
East with an 85-77 record.
- Montreal was twice honored as Baseball America's Organization of the Year (1988, 1990) during his tenure.
- At the time he took over the Expos in 1988, he became the youngest decision-maker in the major leagues at
age 31...earned a reputation as an aggressive deal-maker as he completed 23 trades involving 62 players by
the end of 1990.
- Began his career in professional baseball in January of 1978 with the Chicago White Sox as an administrative
assistant in their minor league and scouting department...promoted to assistant director of player development in
April of 1979...named the director of player development in February of 1981 before being promoted to assistant
general manager under White Sox general manager Roland Hemond in November 1981...named Chicago's
vice-president of baseball operations in December of 1985.
- Recognized as the Sports Executive of the Year at the 10th annual March of Dimes National Athletic Awards
dinner on February 2, 1998 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
- Graduated from Western Michigan University in 1979 with a degree in business administration and was the
recipient of Western Michigan University's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998...also attended Cornell University
for one year where he played football...graduated from Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
- 55 years of age...he and his wife, Karie Ross, have a daughter, Darbi Rose (3/3/98) and a son, Landon Ronald