ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Former Montreal Expos executive Bill Stoneman knows he has a huge job ahead as the new general manager of the Anaheim Angels.

``I'm excited about the challenges that lie ahead,'' Stoneman he said at a news conference today, one day after his hiring was announced. ``I've come from an organization that, while it had certain limitations, also excelled in the development of individuals into quality major league players.

``There is a lot of talent within this organization. We will strive to put last season behind us and combine our focus and efforts on becoming a perennially contending club.''

Tony Tavares, the president of the Disney subsidiary that runs the Angels, described Stoneman as capable and talented.

``Bill has some specific philosophies in terms of player development that proved successful with the Expos,'' Tavares said.

Stoneman's first order of business will be to hire a manager.

The Angels have been without a manager since Terry Collins resigned Sept. 3 and bench coach Joe Maddon took over on an interim basis.

Bill Bavasi resigned as general manager Oct. 1 after holding the job for nearly six years. Two days later, the team finished a disappointing 70-92 season, last in the AL West.

Stoneman, most recently Montreal's vice president of baseball operations, has worked primarily as the Expos' chief financial officer since 1983.

Stoneman pitched in the major leagues for eight years with a 54-85 record and 4.08 ERA. A right-hander, he was a member of the Chicago Cubs for two years and the Expos for five before completing his career with the Angels in 1974.