Packers board to vote on plan

The Green Bay Packers' Board of Directors is expected to put the wheels in motion on a succession plan that allows John Jones to become the organization's President and Chief Operating Officer in place of Bob Harlan.

The plan of succession was approved at last October's board meeting. In May 2007, the plan calls for Harlan to become Chairman Emeritus and Jones, the team's current executive vice president, to become President and Chief Executive Officer.

The quarterly meeting today is set for 3 p.m. in the Lambeau Field Atrium. The Board also is expected to add one new member to the team's Executive Committee, replacing the outgoing Don Schneider.

Harlan, 69, brought Jones, 54, from New York to Green Bay in 1999 as senior vice president of administration. Jones had spent 10 years with the NFL Management Council, the league's labor arm, and two years in the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars' front office.

Jones helped implement the salary cap system in the early 1990s and, at the time, was a part of negotiations with the NFL Players Association.

Harlan and Jones together led the crusade for the $295 million renovation of Lambeau Field, beginning in 2000. A key element in the project, which was concluded in 2003, included a referendum to Brown County voters that called for $169.1 million in public funds to support the team's $135.9 million contribution. The referendum passed and the Packers have benefitted greatly from the re-design of the historic stadium.

Harlan joined the Packers as assistant general manager on June 1, 1971 and was elected as president on June 5, 1989. His tenure involves two Super Bowl appearances and one championship, a stretch of 13 straight winning years. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2004.

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