Friday, June 1, 2007

Pacers hire Jim Morris

Pacers Sports & Entertainment has announced hiring James “Jim” Morris (left) as Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and President. The Pacers have been dealing with a litany of problems the last three seasons, including players' involvement in community dust-ups, a spiraling on-court record and dwindling attendance.

Morris joins PS&E after spending five years as the Executive Director for the United Nations World Food Program, where he oversaw the world’s largest humanitarian agency. The WFP has more than 12,000 staff members, 90 percent of whom work in the developing world.

Prior to Morris’ role as head of WFP, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for IWC Resources Corporation and Indianapolis Water Company from 1989-2002. From 1973-89, he served in several capacities for Lilly Endowment, Inc., including President from 1984-89. Prior to joining Lilly Endowment, Morris served as Administrative Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Office of the Mayor, City of Indianapolis from 1967-73.

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