Jeff Luhnow ’84
Webb School of California
General manager of the Houston Astros Jeff Luhnow '84 helped the Astros win their first-ever World Series title in 2017
. Before joining the team in Houston, Luhnow served as vice president of scouting and player development for the St. Louis Cardinals since 2003. In that position, he oversaw nine minor league teams, international scouting and player development, and scouting for the amateur draft. Luhnow graduated from the Wharton School of Business and earned an Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University. He has pioneered the integration of data-based analysis into his teams' personnel decision-making processes, applying a classic business model to a professional sports team.
Luhnow worked as an engineer, a management consultant and a technology entrepreneur before he found his way to baseball. He said his career experience helped him develop skills he needs as a baseball executive and believes it is one of two things that differentiate him as a general manager. The other is his bicultural background and ability to speak both English and Spanish fluently. Luhnow was born and raised in Mexico City before he came to Webb.