Former AmEx president will lead New York Super Bowl process

The first order of business for Alfred F. Kelly Jr., named the CEO for the 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee, will be to guarantee some good weather for the first Super Bowl in an open-air stadium in a northern climate.

Sure, Kelly can’t deliver that at the New Meadowlands Stadium. But if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate the game could be known as a disaster and the other northern cities that have already lobbied for a shot at hosting the game will have no shot. You never can tell. Dallas was a sheet of ice for Super Bowl XLV this year, and it snowed in Chicago today.

Kelly, the former president of American Express Company, will oversee preparation for the Super Bowl. Presumably, that will not involve temporary seats that aren’t ready in time for the game. We’ll leave that up to Jerry Jones.

“Having led one of the most successful Fortune 500 companies, Al is a great choice to lead our host committee and drive this effort forward energetically and efficiently,” said Jets owner Woody Johnson, one of the co-hosts, in a released statement. “We believe we have secured one of the best minds in the business world to guide us as we set out on this historic endeavor. With Al at the helm, we are thrilled with this strong start to the years of planning and implementation that are ahead.”

“Al’s professional career to date can best be mapped by marking one success after another,” said Giants treasurer Jonathan Tisch. “At American Express, he set effective, strategic objectives, drove operating excellence, and assembled focused teams that produced top quality results, helping to mold the company into the innovative marketing and customer service powerhouse that it is today. Al’s winning record proves that he possesses the strategic ability, insight and fortitude to help us bring the world’s greatest game onto its biggest stage.”

Now back to those weather forecasts.

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