The Cleveland Browns hired a trailblazer.
Kathryn Reitsch has been named assistant general manager and vice president of football operations for the Browns, the team announced on Thursday.
Reiche remains the highest-ranking woman in a football leadership position in the NFL.
The 33-year-old was previously vice president of football operations for the Philadelphia Eagles, a position she was promoted to ahead of the 2021 season.
Cleveland also promoted Glenn Cooke to assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel and hired Jimmy Ray as senior executive advisor to the general manager in addition to a number of hirings and promotions in the front office announced Thursday.
A native of Montreal, Quebec, Raisch’s professional football career began in the Canadian Football League as a trainee at Montreal Alouette in 2015. She became the CFL’s first female head of human resources when she was named the Aluet’s football administration coordinator before being promoted to the club’s assistant general manager position. Reisch spent time with the Toronto Argonauts as director of football administration before breaking down barriers in the NFL.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman appointed Reitsch as coordinator of football operations in 2019, the same year current Browns general manager Andrew Berry left Cleveland to become Philadelphia’s vice president of football operations. After Berry was hired as the Browns’ general manager ahead of the 2020 season, Reiche was promoted to the same position.
Reiche’s rise to popularity was further recognized during the 2022 hiring cycle when the Minnesota Vikings interviewed her for their then-vacant GM role in what was thought to be the first interview of its kind. The Vikings hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, who was previously assistant general manager of the Browns.