Following two rounds of interviews and a month-long process of reducing the original list of candidates to six finalists, Steelers chairman Art Rooney II hired Omar Khan as the team’s new general manager and Kevin Colbert’s successor. Khan signed a four-year contract.
“I am pleased to announce Omar Khan as our next general manager,” Rooney said. “Omar has been an integral part of our football operations department with the team for 21 years and that experience will serve him well in his new position.”
Khan, 45, has worked in various capacities for the Steelers for the past 21 years, with his latest role being vice president of the football and business management team. In that capacity Con worked closely with Rooney, Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin on the day-to-day overall management of the football operations department.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to be the General Manager of Pittsburgh Steelers,” Khan said. “I would like to thank Art Rooney II, Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert for their whole support in this process. We work tirelessly to build another championship football team for the Nation and our community. “
While Khan was in charge of overseeing various parts and operations of the organization before being hired as general manager, he was known outside the team as Steelers’ leading contract negotiator and payroll manager. His performance in those areas led the Steelers to three Super Bowls, winning two and being a factor in only one season failure in this century.
Prior to joining the Steelers, Conn worked at the New Orleans Saints for four years. In 2000, he worked as a football operations / coaching assistant, where he oversaw the overall implementation of the football program and assisted the attack coordinator in the day-to-day operations of the offense.
From 1998-99, Conn served as the New Orleans’ Personnel Assistant, where he served as pro scout, director of player contracts, government affairs and football administration, and interim player programs during the 1998 season. In 1997, Khan became a player staff coach.
Hired by the Steelers in 2001, a year after Colbert transferred Tom Donahue to the team’s staffing ranks, Khan first served as the team’s football action coordinator and in 2011 was appointed director of football management. Five years later, he was promoted to vice president. Football and business administration.
In 2005, Khan was selected to attend the NFL Manager Program at the Stanford University School of Business Graduate School of Business. Khan, who is very active in the community, serves on the board of directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Pittsburgh, on the board of the Pittsburgh Film Office, and on the advisory board of the FNB Community Bank.