The Toronto Blue Jays announced Thursday the hiring of Ross Atkins as their next general manager, reuniting the longtime Cleveland Indians executive with new president and CEO Mark Shapiro in the club's revamped front office.

Atkins will also hold the title of executive vice president of baseball operations, the club said. A news conference has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET on Friday.

Atkins, who worked under Shapiro for 15 years in Cleveland, was believed to be one of two finalists for the position previously held by Alex Anthopoulos. The other finalist, interim GM Tony LaCava, will remain with the club after getting promoted to senior vice president of baseball operations and assistant general manager, the team announced in a statement.

Under his most recent role, Atkins served as the Indians' vice president of player personnel. He's credited with helping develop several of Cleveland's young stable of talented players, including Jason Kipnis, Danny Salazar, and Cody Allen.