The Kansas City Chiefs promoted Brett Veach to general manager Monday, the team confirmed in a press release.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero were the first to report the story.

Veach served as the Chiefs’ co-director of player personnel from 2015-2017, previously operating as their pro and college personnel analyst.

“My family and I would like to extend our gratitude to Clark and the Hunt family for this incredible opportunity,” Veach said. “I am humbled and honored to serve as the General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. Over the last four seasons, I’ve had the privilege to work alongside Andy Reid, John Dorsey and a great group of coaches and personnel staff. Together, we built a strong foundation of players that have helped us sustain success on the field. I’m looking forward to continuing our progress as we head into 2017.”

The executive was considered a leading candidate for the Buffalo Bills‘ general manager vacancy earlier this summer, with star running back LeSean McCoy lobbying heavily on Veach’s behalf.

However, Veach became the favorite to win the Chiefs’ general manager job after John Dorsey was surprisingly dismissed on June 22.

Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt also released the following statement:

After a comprehensive search process, I am pleased to announce that we have hired Brett Veach to serve as the next General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. Brett has a sharp football mind, a tremendous work ethic and a keen eye for finding talent. Over the last four seasons he’s played a critical role in building our football team. I look forward to working with him to continue to build on the strong foundation we have in place.

Veach will be formally announced as the Chiefs’ general manager on July 24.

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