Paul DePodesta was named the Browns' Chief Strategy Officer on January 5, 2016. DePodesta came to Cleveland after spending 20 seasons in Major League Baseball. During his time in MLB, DePodesta was the only executive in the league to win divisional titles with five different organizations.
Prior to the 2020 season, DePodesta led the processes for the Browns' search of head coach and general manager candidates. Through a thorough and strategic information gathering process that was inclusive of many members at various levels of the organization, DePodesta helped the Browns land Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Andrew Berry and Head Coach Kevin Stefanski. In their first season at the helm, the Browns earned their first playoff appearance since 2002 and first playoff victory in 26 years. Stefanski was named the NFL Coach of the Year.