RICHARD A. PEDDIE
Richard A. Peddie
President and CEO, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
You won't live in Canada long before hearing of the latest exploits of the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the oldest and most accomplished professional ice hockey teams in the world. Founded in the 1920s, the Leafs have won the National Hockey League's coveted Stanley Cup 13 times, and the some of hockey's most famed heroes have played for the team over the years.
Holding ultimate responsibility of this Canadian cultural icon is Richard Peddie, who graduated with a degree in commerce from the University of Windsor in 1970. Since 1998, Mr. Peddie has served as president and chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns the Leafs as well as the Raptors, Toronto's professional basketball team, the Air Canada Centre (home of both teams), and other business interests.
Mr. Peddie began his career in business with the international conglomerate Colgate Palmolive in the year of his graduation from Windsor. By 1983 he was president of Hostess Foods, leaving two years later to become president and CEO of Pillsbury Canada, a division of the American food-processing giant. Pillsbury Canada achieved record growth under his leadership.
A native of Windsor, Mr. Peddie accepted an invitation to teach a bachelor of commerce course in strategic leadership to fourth-year students at the University of Windsor in the fall of 2002. He received an honourary doctorate from the institution in 2001.