The New England Patriots' offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis, is leaving for Notre Dame. The team's defensive coordinator, Romeo Crennel, is bound for the Cleveland Browns. Now another key member of the world champion's brain trust is changing teams: All-around nice guy Andy Wasynczuk, the Kraft family's chief operating officer since the day they bought the stadium 16 years ago, is leaving for another perennial powerhouse, Harvard Business School.
Wasynczuk, 47, has long been the highest-ranking business executive in the Patriots organization not named Kraft. He first met the Krafts while working with Robert Kraft's son, Jonathan, at Bain & Co., and over the years became a kind of indispensable "fifth son" to the Patriots' owner.
Among the many hats Wasynczuk wore for the Krafts: He ran the old Sullivan Stadium when the Krafts bought it out of bankruptcy in 1989, and led the campaign to sell a new stadium to the Town of Foxborough. He oversaw the day-to-day construction of the new stadium for two years and then played a key role in negotiating the naming rights. He also managed the player negotiations and the team's salary cap before Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli took over.
"He is part of a troika, the key players, with Jonathan and myself," Robert Kraft said yesterday.
At Harvard Business School, where he got an MBA in 1983, Wasynczuk will be a senior lecturer, teaching a required first-year course in negotiations, and says he hopes to bring the Patriots' "team" concept to the classroom.
"So much of our society tends to glorify the individual, and sometimes the results end up well below the kind of output that people banding together for a purpose bigger than themselves would achieve -- and that is true in the business world. To reinforce that message with the next generation of leaders is really important."
Wasynczuk will be the first person from a sports franchise to teach at the business school. And the only man on campus with three Super Bowl rings.
. . .
Mitt Romney promised to be the top salesman for Massachusetts. Make that the top ad salesman.
With the need for jobs the top priority, Romney says, the state is "partnering" with Fortune magazine in a feel-good advertorial section about Massachusetts in the magazine's 75th anniversary issue in March. Says Romney in his "Dear CEO" letter: "You are in a select group of Massachusetts companies that we are contacting to help make this a success."
Ad rates run from $19,900 to $82,900. A full page earns your company a 50-word mention in the text section. Said an executive of one big company that passed: "It is not as bad as Menino and Kennedy shaking down business for the Democratic National Convention, but if our pro-business governor can do no better than focus on magazine ads, then we are in a world of trouble."
Fortune's ad deadline closed on Monday. If you missed it, the Globe accepts ads every day. As the governor might say: There's no business like Massachusetts business.
. . .
Neighborhood news: Goodwin Procter leads the league in picking up talent from Testa Hurwitz, the failed Boston law firm. But Choate, Hall & Stewart is also doing pretty well, hiring 10 Testa lawyers, including two marquee names. Among them: Stephen Hurwitz, a cofounder of Testa, who was among the firm's leading tech lawyers, and William Asher, a former Testa managing partner and a heavyweight tech lawyer himself whose clients include Teradyne.
Steve Bailey is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at email@example.com or at 617-929-2902.