The Green Bay Packers named Ricky Zeller assistant director of public relations and Jonathan Butnick public relations coordinator, Jason Wied, Packers vice president of administration/general counsel, announced today.
Zeller, a New Orleans native, spent 12 seasons with the New Orleans Saints’ public relations department, most recently as the team’s director of communications (2002-09) after roles as the director of new media (2001-02) and media relations assistant (1992-94). Zeller’s other professional experience includes a position as managing editor at Curtis Publishing (1996-2000) where he oversaw Saints Digest, an official publication of the team, and as assistant sports editor at the Hammond (La.) Daily Star (1994-96). He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1991.
Butnick, a native of Dallas, interned the past two seasons in the Packers’ public relations department. Prior to beginning his internship with the Packers, he worked as a student assistant in the Texas Tech athletic media relations office (2006-08) and also interned a summer in the public relations department for the Washington Redskins (2006). He graduated from Texas Tech in 2008.
Wied also announced that Aaron Popkey, a member of the public relations staff since 1993, has been named assistant director of public relations/corporate communications.