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10/16/2007 11:29 AM ET
Chicago Cubs announce front office promotions
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs today announced the following front office promotions:

Jay Blunk, director of sales and marketing, has been named vice president of marketing and broadcasting. Blunk will take on additional responsibilities for broadcasting oversight in his new role, acting as a liaison with broadcast partners WGN-TV, WGN Radio and Comcast Sports Network. Blunk joined the Cubs in 1986 as an intern in the media relations department and joined the marketing department full time as manager of sponsorship and advertising in October, 1992. In October, 2006, Blunk was named director, marketing and sales.

Oneri Fleita, director of player development and Latin American operations, has been named vice president of player personnel. Fleita joined the Cubs in 1995 as a minor league manager, became an area scout in 1996 and in 1997 was named coordinator of Latin American operations. He was promoted to director of player development in August 2000. Prior to joining the Cubs, Fleita spent seven years in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system as a player, coach, and manager.

Mark O'Neal, head athletic trainer, has been promoted to director, athletic training. O'Neal joined the Cubs in 2004 as head athletic trainer, having spent the previous 15 seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Prior to joining professional baseball, O'Neal was an athletic trainer at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Carl Rice, director, information systems and special projects, has been named senior director, information systems and special projects. Rice originally joined the Cubs in April of 1982 as a member of stadium operations. He was named manager of information systems in 1992 and named director of information systems and special projects in January, 2001. Rice had a primary role in bringing full scale commercial concerts to Wrigley Field in 2005 and 2007.

Jenny Surma, human resources director, has been named senior director, human resources. Surma joined the Cubs in 1997 as director of human resources, having spent the previous three years in Tribune Company's employment service center as a senior employment specialist. She joined Tribune in 1992 as a training specialist for the Chicago Tribune human resources group, coming from a training manager position at Citibank Arizona.
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