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Browns president Alec Scheiner resigns

Cleveland Browns president Alec Scheiner has resigned effective March 31, the team announced Friday.

Scheiner will serve as a consultant through the end of the year. He had been in charge of the team's business operations.

Owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam said the front-office reorganization following last year's 3-13 season "would limit the opportunity for [Scheiner's] leadership."

The most significant addition was the hiring of Paul DePodesta from the New York Mets as director of strategy. Sashi Brown also took over as vice president in charge of football operations.

"Alec is extremely capable and has helped us establish some very positive inroads with a significant focus on our fan experience, FirstEnergy Stadium and our business partners," the Haslams said in a statement released by the team. "He was integral to the rebuild of our organization, the renovations of our stadium and training facility, and many of our strategies on the football side of our business.

"His guidance has helped us accelerate our learning curve as NFL owners and that is something we will always appreciate. Alec is ready for the next challenge in his career, as our new structure would limit the opportunity for his leadership.

"He is one of the most talented executives in the industry, and we are fully confident that Alec will be successful in whatever permanent role he takes next. We wish him and his family only the best."

Scheiner was hired as team president in January 2013 by then-CEO Joe Banner. He had worked for the Dallas Cowboys' front office.

Scheiner's tenure saw a major renovation of FirstEnergy Stadium, and a major -- and ongoing -- renovation of the team's training facility in Berea, Ohio.

"I have had an incredible experience with the Browns," Scheiner said in a statement. "Cleveland is amazing and the fans are uniquely passionate."