The Chicago Cubs have named Carter Hawkins their 16th general manager in franchise history, the club announced Friday. 

Hawkins spent 14 seasons with Cleveland in various roles, including the past five as the club's assistant general manager. 

The 37-year-old takes over for Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer, who was recently promoted after Theo Epstein stepped down as team president. 

"I am thrilled to bring Carter into our organization," Hoyer said in a statement. "He has earned a fantastic reputation as a leader through hard work, open-mindedness, humility and intelligence.

"I look forward to partnering with him to build the next great Cubs team."

Before serving as Cleveland's assistant general manager, Hawkins was the club's director of player development and was also a professional scout.