By Robert Channick
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) From compensation to benefits to training and development, the Cubs’ Ann Weiser, who is the new VP of human resources, handles all things related to people and the storied organization.
The Chicago Cubs have added an HR specialist to bolster their championship lineup, not on the field, but in the front office.
As the team’s new vice president of human resources, Ann Weiser is in charge of hiring and developing prospects to join the Cubs’ business roster, where jobs ranging from ticket seller to team historian are up for grabs.
The Cubs have about 300 full-time employees and hire more than 1,000 seasonal employees each spring as ushers, ticket takers and other workers to help manage the ballpark during baseball season. In the wake of the Cubs’ first World Series championship in more than a century, both full-time and seasonal applications are through the roof, Weiser said.
And the front office is growing, the Cubs have added more than 40 full-time positions already this year, making it wise for aspiring sports executives to get to know Weiser.
Weiser, 59, joined the Cubs in February after four years as an instructor at the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business. Before that, she was chief human resources officer at Activision Blizzard, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based interactive entertainment company.
A California native, Weiser has been a longtime Chicago resident and Cubs fan, having worked in human resources management for several Chicago-area companies. She was lured out of academia last summer when she learned the Cubs were looking for a new HR director, and is spending this spring jetting back and forth between her Chicago and South Carolina homes while completing her last semester of teaching.
Weiser recently sat down with the Chicago Tribune at the team’s modest one-story brick headquarters. In April, the front office will move into a gleaming six-story building developed by the team’s owner, the Ricketts family, as part of the $800 million renovation of 103-year-old Wrigley Field and its environs.