WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are poised to unveil their new CEO, Thursday.
Longtime radio executive Garth Buchko will take over from Ossama AbouZeid, hired on an interim basis in July.
Buchko moves to the Bombers from the teamís radio rights holder, CJOB/Power 97, where he served as general manager since the mid-1990s.
With a background in advertising sales, Buchko takes over the Bombersí top job, last held on a permanent basis by Lyle Bauer in 2009, overseeing the entire organization and reporting directly to the board of directors.
However, unlike Bauer, a former player, Buchkoís day-to-day responsibilities arenít expected to include football decisions.
While Bomber GM Joe Mack will report to the CEO, along with president Jim Bell, Mack is expected to continue to head up the football side, including decisions on the hiring and firing of coaches and the approval of contracts and football budgets.
ďThe GM is the top football spot in our organization ó I donít see that changing,Ē board chairman Bill Watchorn told the Sun last month.
Buchko graduated from Red River Collegeís sales and marketing program in 1982, moving to Saskatchewan for a few years before returning to Winnipeg as the sales manager at Q-94 FM.