ORCHARD PARK, NY-- The Buffalo Bills officially introduced Brandon Beane as the team's general manager Friday.

On his pick for GM, Bills owner Terry Pegula said Beane was highly regarded around the NFL, that he's smart, humble a hard worker and a team player.

Beane says the Pegulas passion for the Bills and for Buffalo was one of the reasons why he wanted to come to WNY.

Beane was the first of four candidates to interview and the only one given a second interview. Bills' Owner Terry Pegula said in a statement that Beane "embodies the type of leader and type of person we want in our organization".

He has 19 years of experience with the same organization. He spent almost two decades with the Carolina panthers, most recently as their assistant general manager for the past two season.

Beane has also worked with the Bills' new head coach Sean McDermott in Carolina and talked about how their working relationship will be in Buffalo. "It's going to be similar to what Sean and I had in Carolina. There's no czar here, every decision is going to be collaborative," Beane said. "The unique thing Sean (McDermott) and I had was a respect, I knew his roots and how he worked his way up."

Beane will be the Bills' 13 general manager in team history. He says he will be involved in all player contract negotiations, just like he was in Carolina.