HYMIE ELHAI (pronounced HI-me EL-hi) begins his fifth season as the president of the New York Jets after his appointment in 2019. Now in his 24th year with the team, Elhai's impact is felt throughout the organization.
Under Elhai, who has garnered League and industry respect by his peers during his tenure, the Jets have solidified their business staff's senior leadership, as he oversees all team business operations. Elhai's leadership has helped the Jets reach unprecedented growth through all aspects of the business, including sponsorship, sales and content, leading to several organizational accolades and industry recognition, including a 2023 NJBIZ Best Places to Work honor.
Elhai has remained committed to redefining the culture of the organization through his steady hand of leadership, strategic planning and various organizational initiatives, including the formation of the Social Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Team (SJDIT) and the expansion of the Jets Women's Organization (JWO).
Playing a key role in the hiring of the football leadership, Elhai worked with Vice Chairman Christopher W. Johnson to hire General Manager Joe Douglas in 2019, and with both Johnson and Douglas to hire Head Coach Robert Saleh in 2021.
Entrusted by Chairman Woody Johnson, the collaboration among Elhai, Douglas and Saleh, forms the foundation that has moved the Jets toward their goal of being a sustained, winning, and innovative franchise on and off the field. Throughout his time as president, Elhai has worked closely with the football staff, providing counsel and support for various organizational-encompassing objectives.
Elhai previously served as the club's senior vice president, business affairs and general counsel, where he was responsible for all legal aspects of the team, including sponsorship, licensing, event, digital media, production and broadcasting agreements, and all employment related matters. Additionally, Elhai helped football administration on all planning initiatives.
A Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40 honoree, Elhai received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Rutgers School of Law at their Alumni Recognition Gala in October 2021. He currently serves as a member of the NFL's CBA player benefits plan committee.
Elhai is a graduate of Rutgers Law School and The Johns Hopkins University.