NEWORLEANS- The Hornets have decided not to retain Hugh Weber as the team's president, parting ways with the man who helped the team transition from George Shinn's ownership to the NBA and eventually to new owner Tom Benson.
Dennis Lauscha, who currently serves as the president of the New Orleans Saints, will now serve in that role for both organizations, overseeing the business operations of both clubs. Mickey Loomis' role will now encompass overseeing operations for both basketball and football.
'It is important to note that if it were not for his leadership in running the Hornts during a very difficult time, this sale would have not happened,' Benson said in a statement provided by club officials. 'He made the transition very smooth and he should be commended.'
Benson added, 'In most ownership changes like this, there is normally a change at the top and although Hugh provided great leadership, we have decided it best to transfer our top management in Dennis to that role.'
Dell Demps will remain on in his current capacity as Hornets general manager.
Weber first came to the Hornets after Hurricane Katrina while the team was in Oklahoma City. Officials would not say Weber was fired, saying instead he wasn't retained.
The moves were announced during a meeting with Hornets employees at the Saints' Metairie, La. facility.
After the move was announced, Weber tweeted, 'New Orleans is home. Thanks to all the support over an amazing run. The worlds best fans are in the 504.'