Ben Cherington (born 1974, Meriden, New Hampshire) is an American professional baseball executive, the general manager of the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. On October 25, 2011, he succeeded Theo Epstein as general manager, having worked in the team's baseball operations office since 1999, before Epstein's arrival. Cherington served Boston as an area scout, baseball operations assistant, coordinator of international scouting, and assistant director (and then director) of player development from 1999–2005.
From December 12, 2005, through January 19, 2006, he served as co-general manager of the team with Jed Hoyer during Epstein's absence from the team, with club president/CEO Larry Lucchino and veteran former Major League GM Bill Lajoie also playing key roles during that period. After Epstein's return, Cherington became vice president, player personnel, through January 2009, then senior vice president and assistant GM from 2009 through his promotion to executive vice president and general manager on October 25, 2011.
Cherington is a graduate of Amherst College where he was a member of the Gamma chapter of Psi Upsilon fraternity, and has a Masters in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was originally hired by Dan Duquette, then the Red Sox' general manager, in 1999 after spending the previous season as an advance scout for the Cleveland Indians.
Cherington was previously married to ESPN personality Wendy Nix.