The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have promoted their assistant general manager, naming Kyle Walters as acting GM.

"Kyle knows our football team inside and out and is the right man to serve as our acting general manager," Wade Miller, the team's acting CEO announced Tuesday.

"I have every confidence that he will play a major role in helping us get a consistently competitive product back on the field."

The front office changes are part of the shakeup that started last week, when the team axed GM Joe Mack and made a "mutual" decision with CEO Garth Buchko that he should also leave.

The promotion is another step up the rung for Walters, who was just named the assistant GM and director of Canadian scouting earlier this year after spending three seasons as a member of the coaching staff.

He has been responsible for scouting at the CIS level and also assisted the football operations department in managing the team’s salary cap, negotiating contracts and player recruitment, according to a press release issued by the Bombers.

"I want to thank Wade for the opportunity to manage this football team as we look to get it back on track," Walters stated in the release.

"In a collaborative fashion, I look forward to making the kind of changes that will position this organization for both the present and the future." 

Prior to entering the CFL as a coach, Walters spent four seasons as head coach of the University of Guelph Gryphons of the CIS.

He was a second round draft pick of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1996 and won a Grey Cup with the team in 1999.