Suns president Casper steps down

Brad Casper has resigned as president of the Phoenix Suns to focus on outside business ventures.

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns said Thursday that Brad Casper has resigned as team president to focus on outside business ventures.

Chief operating officer Jason Rowley will assume responsibility for the club's business operations, and Lon Babby will continue serving as president of basketball operations.

Casper had overseen the Suns' business operations since October. He joined the Suns following a 5 1/2-year stint as president and CEO of the Dial Corporation and its successor, Henkel Consumer Goods Inc. He also has been executive chairman of a Dallas-based sports nutrition company since March 2011.

The Suns said Casper also will focus on serving on the board of directors of Grand Canyon University.

Rowley became chief operating officer last October after four seasons as the Suns' senior vice president and general counsel.