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To oversee their upcoming rebuild, the New York Giants have brought back Gettleman, who witnessed two Super Bowl titles while serving in Big Blue’s personnel department.

The New York Giants have found the architect for their upcoming rebuild, as they announced the hiring of Dave Gettleman to the general manager position left behind by the fired Jerry Reese on Thursday afternoon.

It marks a homecoming of sorts for Gettleman, who worked in the Giants’ pro personnel department from 1999-2012, serving as the director from 1999-2011, and an analyst in 2012. During his tenure, the Giants earned three NFC Championships and won two of the ensuing Super Bowls in 2008 and 2012.

Gettleman, 66, moved on to the Carolina Panthers in 2013, named the team’s general manager. During his tenure, the Panthers accumulated a 43-26-1 record (including postseason), winning three NFC South division titles and reaching Super Bowl 50 in 2016. Among Gettleman’s notable draft selections were defensive tackle Kawann Short (second round, 2013) and guard Trai Turner (third round, 2014).

In a team statement, team owners John Mara and Steve Tisch explained their reasoning for the Gettleman hire.

“Given where we are as a team, we thought it was important to bring in someone with experience as a general manager and a proven track record. Dave’s experience is unparalleled. He did an outstanding job as general manager in Carolina, and he was vital to our success during his tenure here. Dave is going to bring his own approach to our organization in how we draft and acquire players through free agency.”

Gettleman was the first of four candidates to interview for the position, sitting down with Mara and Tisch, as well as special consultant and former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, last Wednesday. The others were interim general manager Kevin Abrams, vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross, and ESPN analyst Louis Riddick.

Abrams, who served as assistant general manager during Reese’s tenure, is expected to retain the same position under Gettleman, per the New York Post’s Paul Schwartz.

Gettleman will be formally introduced at a press conference tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. at Quest Diagnostics Training Center.