Kevin Warren is on the move, making the leap from B1G commissioner to Chicago Bears CEO.

It’s a coming home of sorts for Warren, who spent 22 seasons in the NFL with the Rams, Lions, and Vikings. Before becoming B1G commissioner in 2019, Warren had served as COO in Minnesota for 14 years.

On Thursday, the B1G conference released a statement regarding Warren’s departure. Along with a note of thanks, the statement reflected on Warren’s accomplishments while at the helm of the conference. Warren will probably be best remembered for for bringing USC and UCLA into the B1G beginning in 2024, and the statement refers to Warren as “pivotal” in that success.

The Bears organization has been searching for a replacement for CEO and president Ted Phillips retired at the end of 2022. According to the Bears, Warren will begin his position in the spring. During the transition phase, a search for a new B1G commissioner will take place.