Pat Gillick will continue as the Philadelphia Phillies' president and David Montgomery, the club's longtime president who had been on a medical leave of absence, will return as the team's chairman, the Phillies announced Wednesday.
Gillick assumed the
role of president back in August when Montgomery took a leave of
absence. He has served as a senior advisor to the president and
general manager for the Phillies since handing over the reins to Ruben Amaro, Jr. shortly after the club won the 2008 World Series. He told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he hadn't planned on remaining with the club in 2016, but changed his mind.
"I am fortunate to
be healthy enough now to resume some of my previous
responsibilities," Montgomery said in a statement. "I am very
appreciative that Pat Gillick is willing and available to remain as the
club's president. Pat and I have become very close since he joined us
in the fall of 2005. I look forward to returning to work as Phillies
Montgomery was named president of the Phillies in
1997, succeeding Bill Giles. He first joined the Phillies in 1971 at
an entry-level position and advanced through the sales and marketing
departments to become the executive vice president in 1981 when a group including Giles bought the franchise from the Carpenter family, then was
named chief operating officer in 1992.
Giles, the team's current chairman, will take on the role of chairman emeritus.