Stan Kasten (born February 1, 1952 in Lakewood Township, New Jersey) is the President of the Washington Nationals. He became president of the team after the ownership group led by Theodore N. Lerner was approved as the Nationals’ principal owner by Major League Baseball.
Prior to becoming the Nationals’ President, Kasten was a longtime fixture in Atlanta professional sports primarily due to his association with Ted Turner, starting in 1979 when at 27 he became the youngest General Manager in the National Basketball Association for the Atlanta Hawks, a position he held until 1990. He became the Hawks’ President in 1986.
Kasten would also become President of the Atlanta Braves in 1986. In 1999, when the National Hockey League would award the city of Atlanta with an expansion team, Kasten became the president of the Thrashers as well as Chairman of the newly built Philips Arena.
Kasten held all these positions until 2003.
Kasten graduated from Columbia Law School while living in John Jay Hall. He is also a graduate of Rutgers University.
Stan Kasten is married, and has four children.