"I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to work in the Panthers organization," Gettleman said in a statement released by the Panthers. "It is similar to the Giants organization in which I have had the privilege of working the last 15 years and has a lot of pieces in place for success. I am excited about getting started."
Gettleman, 61, has worked in an NFL scouting capacity since 1986. Originally hired by the Buffalo Bills, Gettleman spent six seasons in western New York before working as a regional scout for BLESTO scouting service for one season before spending four seasons as an area scout with the Denver Broncos.
Gettleman was the Giants' director of pro personnel for 13 seasons before spending the 2012 season as the team's senior pro personnel analyst. The Giants playing in three Super Bowls between 2000 and 2011 and winning a pair of Lombardi Trophies during Gettleman's tenure in New York were a factor in Richardson's decision.
"I was very impressed with Dave's experience and think he will be a very good fit for our organization," Richardson said. "He has an extensive background in personnel and comes from an organization in the New York Giants that I hold in high regard and played an instrumental role in their success."
Former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi consulted with Richardson during the Panthers' search for a new GM.
Gettleman was one of six candidates for a position that opened up when Marty Hurney was fired on Oct. 22 after the Panthers had opened the 2012 season with a 1-5 record. Panthers interim GM Brandon Beane was one of the candidates and reportedly interview for the permanent position earlier this week. Also interviewed was Montreal Alouettes GM Jim Popp and the club had Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross, Minnesota Vikings assistant GM George Paton and Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson on its list of interview candidates.
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