Cleveland Browns Restructure Front Office, CEO Joe Banner Leaves

By Community | February 11, 2014

The Cleveland Browns have announced today that Chief Executive Officer Joe Banner has stepped down from his role.

The team also promoted Ray Farmer to General Manager. Farmer will immediately take the over the team’s football operations and lead the Browns during free agency and the draft. 

Additionally, troche the team announced that General Manager Michael Lombardi is departing the organization. President Alec Scheiner will continue in charge of the organization’s business operations.

Owner Jimmy Haslam made the announcement: “First of all, medstore we wanted to capitalize on the knowledge, experience and character we’re fortunate to have in Ray Farmer. Ray has a tremendous football IQ, he’s compelling, and he understands the types of players we need to acquire and develop in order to win in Cleveland. He embraces his partnership with Mike Pettine, which is critical in helping build the right team. Ray will provide excellent leadership in our front office. 

“We appreciate Joe’s contributions to the Cleveland Browns, especially in helping us as new owners. He was committed to creating a successful organization and bringing in talented individuals. We thank him for his work and dedication. We wish him and his family the best. 

“Alec will continue in his role as President of this team. I think he’s one of the most intelligent and innovative young executives in the NFL. 

“We’re also grateful for Mike Lombardi’s efforts and commitment since rejoining our organization. He is an experienced and creative NFL executive with a unique ability to see the big picture. He has tremendous instincts and I know he’ll be a valuable addition to any NFL organization. We simply wanted to give Ray this opportunity that he’s earned. We wanted to move forward under his leadership and capabilities. 

“The purpose of these moves is to unify our team with one, unequivocal goal: Provide our fans with the winning organization they have long deserved.”