Canada’s Catherine Raiche joins Browns as Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Football Operations


Canadian Catherine Raiche continues to rise through the ranks to become the NFL’s first female general manager.

The Cleveland Browns named the 33-year-old Montreal native Thursday as assistant general manager and vice president of football operations. Raiche had served as vice president of football operations for the Philadelphia Eagles, a position to which she was promoted ahead of the 2021 season.

Raiche joined the Eagles in 2019 as the club’s NFL football operations coordinator.

Raiche began her professional football career as an intern with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes in 2015. She was promoted to Football Administration Coordinator before becoming the club’s Assistant General Manager in 2017.

She became the first woman to hold a personnel management position in the CFL since Jo-Anne Polak was hired as general manager of the Ottawa Rough Riders before the 1989 season.

Raiche served as director of football administration for the Toronto Argonauts (2018-19) then joined the front office of the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL before heading to the NFL.

Earlier this year, the Minnesota Vikings interviewed Raiche for their vacant general manager position, eventually hiring Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, who previously served as Cleveland’s assistant general manager.

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