The Red Sox are on the verge of an historic shake-up, with the reign of president and CEO Larry Lucchino about to come to an end.
Brookline native Sam Kennedy, currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the ballclub, will replace Lucchino as president by the end of the year.
Unlike Lucchino, Kennedy’s responsibilities will not include having a hand in baseball operations. The title of chief executive officer will remain unfilled for the time being.
The Red Sox have been exploring a succession plan from Lucchino for some time. With his contract expiring at the end of the year, the club finally decided the time was right for Lucchino’s everyday responsibilities to come to an end. A key factor in the timing also was the club’s desire to promote, and not lose, the next generation of leaders, topped by Kennedy, in the Red Sox’ executive branch.
Lucchino, who will turn 70 years old next month, has been less visible over the past year, partly as a result of a serious motorcycle accident over the winter. He has also been deeply involved with the purchase of the Pawtucket Red Sox and their bid to build a new stadium in Providence, R.I. Lucchino’s duties on the PawSox front increased with the death of the group’s president, Jim Skeffington, in May.
Kennedy will formally assume his new duties as soon as the end of October but a transition of duties has already begun.
“The truth is Sam is an important part of this puzzle. He’s been working for me for 20 years, right out of college. He’s certainly my choice, as well as that of John and Tom, to be promoted to the position of president,” Lucchino said.
Kennedy thanked Red Sox principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner for selecting him. 
“There’s been a longstanding transition plan in place for when Larry was ready to take a step back from the day-to-day. I know what a privilege it is to work for the Red Sox. I grew up a mile from Fenway and I fully embrace the responsibility that will come with this opportunity. I’m grateful to Larry for his mentorship and John and Tom for their confidence in me.”
Henry called Lucchino a “Hall of Fame” talent who made “an indelible mark on Fenway.”
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