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David Glass, Chairman/Owner

David Glass enters his 18th season as Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Royals. In 1993, Glass was appointed interim chairman and Chief Executive Officer upon the passing of Ewing Kauffman. In April 2000, his family acquired the Royals organization, where he continues to serve in the same capacity.

In 2015, the Royals captured the franchise's first World Series Championship in 30 years, electrifying the community and Kansas City fans all over the world.

During his ownership, Mr. Glass has been an active member of Major League Baseball and serves on several key committees which include the Executive Council of Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media where he has served as Chairman since 2010. He was elected in July 2000, to the Board of Directors of the Baseball Hall of Fame where he serves as a member of the Pension Committee.

Prior to acquiring the Royals, Mr. Glass spent 30 years with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., serving as president and chief executive officer for 12 years and earning the reputation as one of the nation's premier executives. Under Glass' stewardship, he was credited with leading Wal-Mart through a period of unprecedented growth and becoming the nation's largest retailer with stores, supercenters and Sam's Clubs throughout the United States and internationally.

As a leader in the retail industry, Mr. Glass has been recognized with numerous awards throughout the years and was inducted into the Retail Hall of Fame in August 2000. He served as a member of the Wal-Mart Board of Directors until 2011.

A native of Mountain View, Mo., Mr. Glass earned a business degree from Missouri State University. Currently, the College of Business is named David D. Glass Hall in honor of his dedication to the university. He and his family continue to support higher education as well as several other charitable interests.

Mr. Glass and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of three children, who also serve on the Royals Board of Directors, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


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