The San Francisco Giants have named Gregory Johnson, son of principal owner Charles B. Johnson, as their new control person, the person who represents club ownership in league matters.
The change comes as the league wants control persons to have greater ownership stakes. Johnson’s family has been a part of the ownership group since 1993, and owns roughly 30% of the club, while the man Gregory Johnson replaces — Robert Dean — controlls fewer than half as many shares.
Gregory Johnson, the chairman and CEO of Franklin-Templeton investments, will serve as the chairman of the Giants’ board going forward. Dean will serve as vice chairman. It’s not expected that there will be any major change in how the team will be managed.
Last year, when Farhan Zaidi was introduced as the club’s new president of baseball operations, he was to report directly to the team’s control person. At the time, that was Larry Baer, but the Giants managing general partner and CEO was suspended after an incident in March where Baer was caught on video in a public, physical altercation with his wife. Dean then was named interim CEO and took Baer’s place as the club’s control person, and Zaidi has reported to him ever since.
The team’s executive reporting structure will have both Baer and Zaidi reporting to the managing members — Dean and Gregory Johnson. Those two, along with Baer, will represent the club at MLB Ownership Meetings.