The Panthers hired New York Giants executive Dave Gettleman on Wednesday afternoon as their new general manager.
Gettleman, 61, has a quarter-century of NFL experience and has been a part of six Super Bowl teams, including three that won rings the 1997 Broncos and the 2007 and 2011 Giants.
He worked closely in New York with former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, who consulted the Panthers on the search and had two Giants' executives on his list of finalists. Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross interviewed for the job Tuesday.
Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has long admired the Mara family that owns the Giants and the organization in general.
I was very impressed with Daves experience and think he will be a very good fit for our organization, Richardson said in a statement released by the team. 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 said he was thrilled to get his first GM job.
I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to work in the Panthers organization, Gettleman said in the 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.
Terms of Gettleman's deal were not disclosed.
A team spokesman said it might be next week before Gettleman is formally introduced in Charlotte.
Gettleman is one of four known external candidates to interview for the post, all of whom had extensive scouting experience. Besides the two Giants' execs, Tennessee Titans vice president of pro personnel Lake Dawson and Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp also met with Richardson.
Interim general manager Brandon Beane, who took over after Marty Hurney was fired in October, also was considered for the job.