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Marlins Executive Promoted

November 16, 1999

MIAMI (AP) _ Jonathan Mariner, one of the highest-ranking black executives in major league baseball, was promoted Tuesday to executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Florida Marlins.

``The move reflects a change in title consistent with many of the responsibilities that Jonathan previously assumed,″ owner John Henry said. ``We are very fortunate to have Jonathan’s dedication, intelligence and breadth of experience.″

Other high-ranking black executives include Kathy Francis, vice president of marketing in the commissioner’s office, and Hank Aaron, senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves. Leonard Coleman quit as National League president, effective Oct. 31, after owners announced they intended to eliminate the league offices.

Mariner joined the Marlins in February 1992, more than a year before their first game, as vice president of finance. More recently he was senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Mariner has led the team’s ongoing bid for a publicly financed ballpark in downtown Miami or downtown Fort Lauderdale.

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