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Saints announce front-office promotion

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Saints announce front-office promotion

The Saints announced Sunday the restructuring of several top management positions within the organization, including the promotion of Dennis Lauscha to team president.

Tom Benson, who originally purchased the Saints in 1985, recently bought the NBA's New Orleans Hornets and is sorting out management duties for the two franchises.

Benson previously held the titles of Saints owner/president. Now, he will continue in his role as owner, while also adding the title of chairman of the board.

Rita Benson LeBlanc, who has served as owner/executive vice president since 2005, will now assume the duties of vice chairman of the board. LeBlanc will expand her duties to include enhanced management responsibilities within Zelia, LLC, which includes properties such as Benson Tower, Champions Square as well as various interests in the automotive, real estate, banking sectors and multimedia platforms including FOX 8 (WVUE).

Lauscha, who has most recently served as the Saints’ executive vice president/chief financial officer, has been promoted to the newly created position of president. Lauscha has served with the Saints in various upper-management positions since joining the team 15 years ago. In his new role, Lauscha will continue in his role on the Saints’ board of directors and also oversee the financial operations of the team, as well as adding the responsibilities of overseeing the club’s marketing, ticket operations, legal department and community affairs.

Mickey Loomis will continue to serve in his current capacity of executive vice president/general manager and oversee the Saints’ football operations and work in unison with the Benson family and Lauscha in running the Saints. 

However, according to PFW Saints correspondent Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Loomis, who is suspended for the first eight games of the season because of the "Bountygate" scandal, also might oversee basketball operations for the Hornets. That has not been confirmed by the team.

“With the continued growth of our holdings and various interests, it makes perfect sense at this point in time to announce the growth of our upper management structure,” Benson said. “We have seen the visibility and vastness of our holdings increase and that requires more management responsibilities and I’m confident that the leadership skills of Rita, Dennis and Mickey will continue to flourish given their enhanced responsibilities.”

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