Thompson hands out new front-office titles

Reggie McKenzie and John Schneider are co-directors of football operations

Reggie McKenzie has been named director of football operations, a role he'll share with John Schneider, Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in announcing several new personnel titles on Tuesday.

McKenzie — recently named Scout.com's pro scouting director of the year (read this Insiders story at gnb.scout.com/a.z?s=61&p=2&c=757341) — is in his 14th season in the Packers' personnel department. He was the Packers' director of pro personnel the last 10 years. In that capacity, he led the team's scouting of professional players, including potential free agents, and helped scout college talent for the draft.

Before his front-office career, McKenzie was an NFL linebacker for seven seasons.

Schneider has 15 years of NFL personnel experience, including the last six as the personnel analyst to Thompson. In that role, Schneider helped evaluate the Packers' free-agent needs, explored possible trades and helped coordinate the team's long-term roster vision.

McKenzie and Schneider interviewed to be the Atlanta Falcons' general manager in early January, a position that went to former Patriots college scouting director Thomas Dimitroff. McKenzie interviewed to be Houston's GM in 2006.

Eliot Wolf — the son of former Packers GM Ron Wolf — will serve as assistant director of pro personnel. He worked as a pro personnel analyst the past four seasons, scouting talent in the NFL and other professional leagues. He's also involved with in-season advance scouting of opponents.

Tim Terry also will serve as assistant director of pro personnel. He spent the previous three seasons in the same capacity as Wolf. He also was director of player development last season, a role recently retired long snapper Rob Davis has assumed.

"These title changes are more of an acknowledgment of the various duties these individuals already perform in our personnel department," Thompson said in a press release. "Reggie and John, along with our director of college scouting John Dorsey, will continue to be leaders in player personnel with the Packers. Eliot and Tim have done a great job for us and will take on some additional duties with their new titles."

Also:

— The Packers hired Richmond Williams as a college scout. He was a defensive back at the University of Iowa from 2003 to 2005 before injuries ended his career. He was a personnel intern last summer.

— Jon-Eric Sullivan, previously the team's representative to National Football Scouting, will become an area scout (mid-South). Sullivan begins his fifth season in Green Bay's personnel department.


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