Lyle Bauer is back in Winnipeg as the new chief executive officer for Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives.
The former face of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers said he accepted the job to come back to the province and "give back to the community."
"Manitoba has been very, very good to me," Bauer said. "I think I should contribute to the province and give people an opportunity to make a choice for the future."
Party insiders have known about Bauer's hiring for several weeks, but it was made public Wednesday evening as the Tories gathered at Polo Park Canad Inns for their annual fundraising dinner.
Bauer resigned last year as president and chief operating officer of the Calgary Stampeders after serving three years. He left the Blue Bombers in 2009 as president and CEO after several disappointing seasons and a particularly bad year under ex-coach Mike Kelly.
Bauer replaces former CEO Jonathan Scarth, who left the position after the 2011 election.