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Packers Promote Gutekunst to GM

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Less than a week after former general manager Ted Thompson stepped down,  The Green Bay Packers are promoting Director of Player Personnel Brian Gutekunst to the general manager position with a five-year contract. The Packers made the announcement Monday by President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Murphy.

Gutekunst was promoted to director of player personnel in March 2016. He has been with the team for 20 years, serving in a variety of scouting positions.

Gutekunst, who is entering his 20th season with the organization, has spent the past two seasons as the director of player personnel after serving as the director of college scouting for four years. He previously worked 11 seasons as a college scout in the Southeast region. Prior to that, Gutekunst served as a scout for the East Coast region from 1999-2000. Before joining the Packers full-time, he was a scouting assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1998, a scouting intern for Green Bay in the summer of 1997 and assisted the New Orleans Saints’ coaching staff in training camp in 1995.

Former General Manager Ted Thompson had been in charge of the Packers' football operation since 2005.

The Packers also announced Monday that Russ Ball was been promoted to executive vice president/director of football operations.

Ball enters his 30th season in the NFL and 11th season in Green Bay. Since joining the Packers in 2008, he has worked in the role of the vice president of football administration/player finance. Prior to coming to Green Bay, Ball spent six seasons (2002-07) with the New Orleans Saints, serving as senior football administrator for four seasons and as vice president of football administration for the final two years. In 2001, he was the director of football administration for the Washington Redskins. From 1999-2000, Ball served as senior football administrator for the Minnesota Vikings. He began working in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he spent 10 seasons (1989-98), the final two in football operations as administrative assistant to then-head coach Marty Schottenheimer. He began his career with the Chiefs as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. 

Additionally, Murphy announced a change in the Packers’ organizational structure as Gutekunst, Ball and Head Coach Mike McCarthy will all report directly to Murphy.

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