Peter Platten, who helped steer Packers, dead at 80
GREEN BAY – Peter M. Platten, a longtime Green Bay Packers executive committee member, died Tuesday at age 80.
Platten, a Green Bay banker, was elected to the Packers board of directors in 1980 and joined the executive committee in 1985. He was named lead director and vice president in 2007, just in time to lead the hiring of Mark Murphy as president and CEO. He retired from the board in 2010.
Platten served on the executive committee with four Packers presidents, including Robert Parins, Bob Harlan, John Jones and Mark Murphy.
"I will be forever grateful to Pete. He took a big chance in hiring me, someone without Green Bay ties," Murphy said. "I loved working with him. He had a brilliant business mind and nobody knew the history of the Packers better than him."
The executive committee was especially stable during Harlan's tenure. He had the same executive committee for 11 years of his 19 years at president.
"As a longtime member of the executive committee, Pete brought extreme value because of his background in banking," Harlan said. "He and John Underwood, in their long-term planning, helped us determine in 1999 that we would need to borrow $10 million just to fund our operations by 2004. That foresight prompted us to expedite our plans to redevelop Lambeau Field."
Platten was a Green Bay native and graduate of West High School and University of Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Army and began his banking career in Chicago before returning to Green Bay, where he was president of West Side State Bank. After the bank merged with Valley Bank of Appleton, he was made president of that organization. Valley Bank merged with M&I Bank in 1993 and Platten was named vice chairman.
Services for Platten will be conducted by Blaney Funeral Home. His obituary can be read here.
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