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LeLacheur named Eskimos CEO

The Edmonton Eskimos president Rick LeLacheur will add the role of CEO to his job title, the team announced Saturday.

Edmonton Eskimos president Rick LeLacheur will add the role of CEO to his job title, the team announced Saturday.

A day after finishing a disappointing 7-11 season, the club made the long-expected announcement that LeLacheur would replace Hugh Campbell, who announced his retirement on Wednesday.

The move, which takes effect Jan. 1, completes a transition begun when LeLacheur was brought in as chief operating officer in 2003.

"This is the final phase of our three-year transition plan for Rick to take over from Hugh," Bob MacLean, chairman of the team's board of directors, said in a statement.

"Rick has an excellent track record as the club's chief operating officer and we know he will be a great leader for the Eskimo organization.

LeLacheur has previously held the titles of president and CEO for both the 2001 World Championships in Athletics — held at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton — and Economic Development Edmonton from 1992 to 1998.

His challenge will be to find a way to get the Eskimos back to the playoffs after missing the postseason for the first time in 35 years.

With files from the Canadian Press