Former Dial CEO Casper named Suns president

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

PHOENIX (AP) -- The former president and CEO of an international consumer goods company that includes what once was the Dial Corp. has been named president of business and non-basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns.

Brad Casper was introduced at a news conference Monday by Suns owner Robert Sarver. He replaces Rick Welts, who resigned and last month was named president and CEO of the Golden State Warriors. From 2005 to October of last year, Casper was president and chief executive of Scottsdale, Ariz.,-based Henkel Consumer Goods Inc., a $1.7 billion company with more than 2,500 employees.

Among the first duties of the self-described "soap peddler" is to clean up the Suns brand tarnished by a weak product on the court and dwindling ticket sales.