When Catherine Raîche was hired as the new assistant general manager and vice president of operations for the Cleveland Browns in June 2022, it made headlines.
And while the hire was trailblazing, making Raîche the highest-ranking woman in a football executive position in the NFL, the front office rising star is poised to advance even further up the ranks.
Raîche is one step away from running an NFL team herself. And while the Browns are evaluating talent at the NFL combine, Raîche will be right in the thick of it.
Speaking at the 2023 NFL Combine, Raîche spoke on the opportunity and what the the position means to her:
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 1, 2023
Raîche’s comments in all:
To be honest with you, I’m excited to be with the Browns. I learn daily, I mean I feel that you’re never done with learning, that’s one of the things I think is very important. So I am really focused right now on helping the Browns, contributing to the success of the team and then what comes, what whatever opportunity comes, I’m excited for too. Quite frankly, I’ve never really thought about my next job. I’m only focused on the one I currently have and that’s what’s led my to great opportunities on and on and on in my career.
Here’s what to know about Raîche:
Who is Catherine Raîche?
Raîche, a native of Montreal, Quebec was hired by the Browns to become the team’s VP of football operations and assistant GM in 2022.
Before that, she spent three years with the Eagles, two as a football operations coordinator and one as the team’s VP, which made her the second-highest ranked woman in the history of football personnel in both NFL and Eagles history.
Before her time in the NFL, Raîche was a part of the XFL’s inaugural season in 2019 and spent four years as part of the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Agronauts.
Catherine Raîche is breaking glass ceilings
Raîche is known to be the highest-ranking woman in a football executive position in the NFL right now. Last season, she interviewed for the Minnesota Vikings open GM slot.
She is no stranger when it comes to shattering through glass ceilings.
But there was another who came before her to set the tone and create the tracks.
Susan Tose Spencer became the first and only female GM in NFL history in 1983, when she was promoted by her father Leonard Tose to own the Eagles. She stayed in that position until 1985.