A general view inside MetLife Stadium during a game between...

A general view inside MetLife Stadium during a game between the San Diego Chargers and the Jets. (Oct. 23, 2011) Credit: AP

The Jets have a new team president.

Neil Glat, who spent the past 15 years working at the NFL league office, has been named to the position, the team announced yesterday. Glat most recently served as senior vice president of corporate development, and his duties included strategic initiatives, stadium development and league and club business development.

Glat is expected to take on some of the responsibilities of former Jets business executives Matt Higgins and Thad Sheeley. Both recently left to start separate ventures.

"There were a number of highly qualified candidates, and I appreciate all of the time and energy that each of them invested during this search process," owner Woody Johnson said in a statement. "However, Neil distinguished himself with his extensive NFL experience, business acumen, and leadership skills.

"We have accomplished a great deal during my 12 years as owner of the New York Jets, and I am confident that Neil will continue the growth of our business and elevation of our brand."

Glat is the team's first president since Jay Cross left in 2007. He'll begin his new job early next month.

"I am very grateful to Woody Johnson for this tremendous opportunity with the Jets," Glat said. "The Jets have established a unique and innovative brand and are leaders in many areas. I look forward to building on this momentum and working with everyone in the organization."

While working for the NFL, Glat was a part of several strategic initiatives, such as the recently approved NFL venture capital fund, league-wide agreements with TicketMaster as well as the launch of USA Football, the national youth association.

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