The post-Vince McMahon era continues with more executive changes at World Wrestling Entertainment. The company Sept. 8 announced that Dan Ventrelle will join WWE as EVP of talent, and Maurice Edelson will join as EVP, chief legal officer.
Ventrelle was most recently with the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, where he served as the team’s president. An integral part of the Raiders’ move from Oakland, Calif., to Las Vegas and the opening of the Allegiant Stadium, Ventrelle oversaw all business operations for the team, while also serving as lead negotiator for player and coach contracts and as the primary liaison with the NFL. He began his tenure with the Raiders as an attorney in 2004 before expanding into broader business roles.
Ventrelle holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
As EVP of talent, Ventrelle will oversee the company’s talent department and report to chief content officer Paul Levesque.
“Working with Dan during SummerSlam at Allegiant Stadium last year, we were impressed by his expertise across a number of business and personnel areas,” Levesque said in a statement.
Edelson brings to WWE nearly 25 years of legal and business experience within the media, arts and entertainment industries. He joins the company from The Juilliard School, where he had served as general counsel since 2015. Previously, Edelson was EVP and general counsel of Time Inc., where he also directed corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions during his 16-year tenure. Edelson has also held roles at Time Warner and Viacom. He began his law career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, after receiving his J.D. from Columbia Law School, his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his B.A. from Vassar College.
Edelson will report to chairwoman and co-CEO Stephanie McMahon.
“Maurice brings to WWE a tremendous legal and business acumen within the media, arts and entertainment sectors,” said McMahon in a statement. “We look forward to his contributions to the organization.”