PRESIDENT / GENERAL MANAGER / ALTERNATE GOVERNOR
Don Waddell, 60, is entering his fi rst season as the Hurricanes’ general
manager and his fi fth as the team’s president. Waddell was named the ninth
general manager in franchise history on May 8, 2018. Waddell has 38 years of
experience in professional hockey as a player, coach, general manager, scout
and business executive. As General Manager, Waddell facilitates all of the
team’s hockey decisions and as President he oversees the business sides of
the Carolina Hurricanes and PNC Arena.
Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Waddell spent three seasons as a
consultant and professional scout with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Waddell
was general manager of the Atlanta Thrashers from the team’s founding
in 1998, until 2010 when he took the role of team president. Waddell
also served as executive vice president and co-chair of the executive
committee of the Atlanta Spirit, the parent company of the Thrashers,
the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena.
He won the Stanley Cup as assistant general manager of the Detroit Red
Wings in 1997-98.
Before becoming an NHL executive, Waddell helped build and guide
two International Hockey League (IHL) franchises in San Diego (1990-95)
and Orlando (1995-97) as those clubs’ executive vice president and general
manager. While in Orlando, he was vice president of RDV Sports and served
on the executive committee that oversaw the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the
IHL’s Orlando Solar Bears and the company’s retail and aviation interests.
Waddell was twice named IHL executive of the year (1992-93 and 1995-96).
Waddell played four seasons of
Division I collegiate hockey from 1976-80
at Northern Michigan University where
he majored in business management.
He was drafted by the Los Angeles
Kings in 1978, and spent three years
with the organization. Waddell played
more than nine seasons of professional
hockey, spending the fi nal years of his playing career as player/coach of
the IHL’s Flint Spirits. He also served as head coach of the San Diego Gulls
in 1991-92, and was interim head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers on two
occasions during his tenure with the club.
A native of Detroit, MI, Waddell has also served in several capacities
with USA Hockey during the past fi ve decades. In October 2013, he
was named international consultant with a special focus on player
identifi cation and interface with the U.S. National Junior Team and USA
Hockey’s National Team Development Program. Waddell was the general
manager for United States’ teams at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in
Italy, and the 2001, 2002 and 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation
(IIHF) Men’s World Championships. As a player, he helped Team USA to
the gold medal at the 1983 IIHF World Championship.
Don lives in Raleigh with his wife, Cheryl. Their daughter, Chelsea, and sonin
law, Zach, live in Duluth, GA, with their son, Noah, and daughter, Sophie.
J E F F VANDERBILT
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Jeff Vanderbilt is in his fi rst season as the Hurricanes’ chief fi nancial
offi cer. As chief fi nancial offi cer, Vanderbilt oversees all fi nancial and
human resource areas of the Hurricanes and PNC Arena. In conjunction to
his role with the Hurricanes, Vanderbilt serves as chief fi nancial offi cer of
Employer Direct Healthcare and Dundon Capital Partners.
Vanderbilt began his career with KPMG in Dallas, where he served
as Director of U.S. Capital Markets Group and Financial Due Diligence.
More recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Controller at Santander
Consumer USA. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s in accounting from
Baylor University and is a certifi ed public
Vanderbilt serves as a board member
for The Senior Source, a Dallas-area
nonprofi t organization serving older
adults and their loved ones. Vanderbilt
resides in Dallas with his wife, Amy.
They have two children: a son, Grady (3),
and daughter, Briarly (3).
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / GENERAL MANAGER, PNC ARENA
Davin Olsen is in his 22nd year with the franchise. Olsen oversees the
daily operations and functions held at PNC Arena. He contracts, schedules
and coordinates all logistical and technical aspects of events that take
place at the arena.
While he is based in Raleigh, Olsen also consults on other Hurricanes
Holdings ventures, including Germain Arena in Ft. Myers, Fla., and
Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Olsen
served as the director of recreational facilities at the University of North
Carolina at Charlotte. With more than 28
years of experience in arena management,
Olsen has also administered the New
Haven Coliseum, the Hartford Civic Center
Olsen and his wife, Marci, reside in
Apex. He has two sons: Davin (26) and