The San Diego Chargers were proud to announce on Friday the promotion of Jeanne Bonk to the position of Chief Operating Officer. A Southern California native, Bonk grew up playing tennis and softball, but learned to love football with such a passion her friends quickly realized that while it was ok to call her after a win, never to call her the morning after a loss!
Bonk joined the Chargers in 1991 as the Chief Financial Officer, and has successfully overseen the team's day-to-day financial operations for twenty five years. Her expertise has been critical to the ongoing success of the organization and her leadership in many areas, including as a member of the current stadium negotiating team, has clearly demonstrated the breadth of her industry knowledge.
"We have been fortunate to have Jeanne on our team for so many years," said Chargers Chairman of the Board, Dean Spanos. "Her leadership in our industry has been tremendous and she is a well-respected voice in the NFL."
In her early days, there were very few women executives in the NFL, but that was never an issue for Jeanne.
"I never felt I was treated as a 'woman' in the NFL," she said. "I felt I was treated like any other top finance executive, no differently. That is a tribute to the Spanos family and the many people I have had the pleasure to work with over the years."
Prior to joining the Chargers, Bonk gained her business and accounting experience with the international accounting firm Price Waterhouse and was a senior audit manager when she joined the Chargers.
A graduate of the University of San Diego with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, she majored in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.
A member of the American Institute of CPAs and the California Society of CPAs, Bonk also sits on the San Diego Humane Society's Audit Committee. She previously chaired the Finance Committee of Cathedral Catholic High School for six years and was a member of the San Diego Diocesan Finance Council.