CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Tina Becker has been named Chief Operating Officer of the Carolina Panthers organization as founder and owner Jerry Richardson steps down amid allegations of workplace misconduct.
The Panthers made the announcement Monday afternoon that going forward Becker would have "full control of the day-to-day management of the organization." She becomes one of the highest ranking female executives for any of the 32 teams in the NFL.
"My immediate focus will be to ensure the corporate side of the organization performs at the same high level, while addressing the real concerns that have been raised in recent days," Becker said in a statement.
Becker has spent the last 19 years with the Panthers organization, working in business operations, ticketing and sponsorship, stadium operations, entertainment and fan engagement during her tenure. Prior to joining the owner’s office, Becker served as the team’s director of entertainment from 2012-14.
Richardson announced the sale of the team in a letter to fans Sunday, the same day Sports Illustrated published a report that at least four former Panthers employees received settlements from the team after Richardson made inappropriate comments, including "sexual suggestive language and behavior".
The report also states on at least one occasion, Richardson directed a racial slur at an African-American Panthers scout.