(ALLEN PARK, MI) – The Detroit Lions announced today that Allison Maki has been named Senior Vice President, Administration and Chief Financial Officer and Luis Perez has been named Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy.
Maki will now oversee the finance group, human resources and facility operations at the Lions Headquarters and Training Facility in Allen Park, and will also assist in the oversight and management of key business partners. Maki enters her new role as one of only eight female chief financial officers in the NFL, joining Karen Murphy (Chicago), Kelly Flanagan (Jacksonville), Christine Procops (New York Giants), Jeanne M. Bonk (San Diego), Cipora Herman (San Francisco), Karen Beckman (Seattle) and Jenneen Kaufman (Tennessee).
In her previous role as the team’s Vice President of Finance and Administration, Maki managed the financial and human resources operations for the Lions and Ford Field. She was also responsible for the organization’s treasury functions and managing all internal and external audits while working closely with the NFL finance staff.
Before coming to the Lions in 2004, Maki spent seven years at Ernst & Young LLP where she excelled as an Assurance and Advisory Business Services Manager, overseeing audits of public and private companies. Maki also led the Employee Benefit Plan audit group for the Detroit office.
Perez will continue overseeing the Lions’ advancements in ticketing, information technology and leasing, with a specific focus on planning and maintaining the future of Ford Field as the organization’s most impactful non-football asset.
Throughout 2012-13, Perez worked closely with Lowe-Cambell Ewald to broker a long-term deal that made them Ford Field’s largest tenant and has been a key strategist for further stadium development.
After accepting a leadership role for the team’s ticket operations, Perez led the Lions’ effort to become the first NFL franchise to implement variable ticket pricing in January 2014. He was also instrumental in the transition to Veritix as the team’s primary ticketing provider and the implementation of Flash Seats, their digital ticketing system, before the 2013 season.
When joining the Lions in 2011, Perez brought 12-plus years of financial related experience in the sports industry, including seven years (1998-2004) as the Baltimore Ravens chief financial officer.