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Schuerholz will continue as GM of Braves

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Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The Atlanta announced a new executive leadership team on Friday, but said longtime executive vice president and general manager John Schuerholz will continue to oversee all aspects of baseball operations and player personnel. Team chairman and president Terry McGuirk tabbed Mike Plant to serve as executive vice president of business operations and Derek Schiller to be senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Schuerholz, Plant and Schiller report to McGuirk, who assumed the role of president following the resignation of Stan Kasten on Monday. The move by Kasten came two months after it was announced the NBA's Hawks, NHL's Thrashers and Philips Arena were being sold by corporate owner Time Warner to a group led by Boston businessman Steve Belkin.

"The sale of the Hawks and Thrashers franchises and operating rights to Philips Arena has afforded us an opportunity to assess the leadership structure of the Atlanta and make some strategic changes to the way we manage the organization," said McGuirk. "I am delighted to now be able to focus my full attention and energy on the , and to work alongside John Schuerholz, the most successful and most respected general manager in baseball."

Schuerholz has spent 13 seasons with the and is the longest-tenured general manager in the majors. Since Schuerholz joined the organization from the Kansas City in October 1990, the have won 12 division titles, five National League pennants and a World Series.

McGuirk also announced a pair of veteran executives will assume new roles. William Bartholomay will be the chairman emeritus and will be responsible

for representing the franchise in key settings, including the Major League Baseball owners meetings. Bob Wolfe, who was senior vice president of the , will serve as an operational adviser to McGuirk and the franchise.

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