Former Reds executive named chairman and interim CEO of this tasty Cincinnati staple

Former Cincinnati Reds GM Dick Williams
Former Cincinnati Reds GM Dick Williams / Andy Lyons/GettyImages

Few things in life represent the city of Cincinnati much more than Skyline Chili. The restaurant chain has been a staple in the Queen City for years and the negative opinions of outsiders don't matter much to the people of Cincinnati.

Recently, Skyline Chili CEO Kevin McDonnell announced his retirement from the position after over 30 years working with company. McDonnell will be proceeded in leadership by the same person who was once in charge of baseball operations for the Cincinnati Reds.

Former general manager and president of baseball operations Dick Williams has traded in his days as the decision maker in the Reds front office and will now lead the way for the operations at one of the city's most iconic establishments.

Former Reds GM named chairman and interim CEO of Skyline Chili.

Dick Williams, who oversaw so many trades and signings during his 14-year tenure in the Cincinnati Reds front office, was announced as the new chairman and interim CEO of Skyline Chili. Williams is a current member of the Board of Directors for the eatery.

The move has caused ripples of excitement in the upper management of Skyline Chili as well as in the city of Cincinnati as a whole.

President and CEO of North American Properties, Tom Williams, who is also one of the principal owners of Skyline Chili and vice chairman of the Cincinnati Reds, had nothing but praise for the hire. Here's a snippet from Williams courtesy of

Dick is in the perfect position to lead Skyline at this time. He’ll ensure that the company’s brand continues to shine and hold a special place in the hearts of Skyline fanatics.
Tom Williams

Dick Williams has lived, breathed, and bled the city of Cincinnati for nearly 20 years. His passion for the city runs deep and after leading the way for Reds, he'll now be in charge of the city's favorite fast-food chain.

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