CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panthers hired New York Giants senior pro personnel analyst David Gettleman as their new general manager to end their lengthy search to fill the position.
The team announced the decision Wednesday afternoon after interviewing Gettleman earlier in the day.
Gettleman, 61, spent 13 seasons with the Giants as their director of pro personnel prior to taking over last year as the senior pro personnel analyst.
He has been a part of six Super Bowl teams, including three championship squads.
Gettleman replaces longtime Panthers GM Marty Hurney, who was fired after Carolina’s 1-5 start.
“I was very impressed with Dave’s experience and think he will be a very good fit for our organization,” Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement. “He has an extensive background in personnel and comes from an organization in the New York Giants that I hold in high regard and he played an instrumental role in their success.”
Gettleman is expected to be introduced in a press conference next week, according to a team spokesman.
“I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to work in the Panthers organization,” Gettleman said in a release. “It is similar to the Giants organization in which I have had the privilege of working the last 15 years and has a lot of pieces in place for success. I am excited about getting started.”
The Panthers hired former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi as the lead consultant in the search.
A person familiar with the situation said the Panthers also interviewed Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson on Wednesday. The person said the Panthers on Tuesday interviewed Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp for the position. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on a condition of anonymity because the Panthers did not announce who they interviewed for the position.
Gettleman inherits a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2008 and hasn’t won a playoff game since 2005. The Panthers are already $16million over the projected 2013 NFL salary cap.