GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -Bob Harlan will delay his retirement as the Green Bay Packers' chief executive officer because hand-picked successor John Jones is taking a leave for personal reasons.
Jones, president and chief operating officer, was to have taken over for Harlan next week. The Packers did not elaborate on the reasons Saturday. Jones had open-heart surgery in June 2006.
``It's been a very difficult year but also a wonderful year in many respects,'' Jones said. ``I need to step back and recharge my batteries.''
Peter Platten, speaking on behalf of the team's executive committee, said it would be ``mutually beneficial for John to take a leave of absence while we continue our evaluation of the situation and collectively determine next steps.''
Harlan was supposed to have stepped down as CEO but remain board chairman.
``We are pleased that Bob has agreed to provide leadership continuity for the organization,'' Platten said. ``The executive committee has tremendous confidence in Bob and his capable staff.''

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