The Washington Redskins announced June 8 that Chris Helein will rejoin the team where he began his career, naming him Vice President, Public Relations.
Helein originally joined the Redskins in 1991 and after a stint as an intern in the public relations department, he was named Director of Information in 1993 and Director of Media Relations in 1994.
He left the team in 1999 and joined Brotman-Winter-Fried Communications in Washington, D.C., before moving to the Maryland Jockey Club as Director of Corporate and Racing Communications.
Helein launched his own firm, CH Communications in 2001, but 18 months later was hired by Comcast SportsNet as Director of Communications, then promoted to Vice President of Communications where his responsibilities encompassed all aspects of internal and external communications for the family of regional sports networks providing local sports to more than 23 million homes.
In his new position, Helein is responsible for all public relations aspects of the Redskins football team, working closely with head coach Joe Gibbs. Patrick Wixted, Will Norman and Shelby Morrison will continue to work on the public relations staff under Helein's direction.
Senior Vice President Karl Swanson will continue his responsibilities for the team's ownership and business-related communications.
A graduate of George Mason University, Helein and his family live in Potomac Falls, Va.