Mets name an executive director of communications

NEW YORK -- The Mets have hired Harold Kaufman as executive director of communications, the team announced on Friday. Kaufman will be responsible for "the strategic development and implementation of publicity strategies and tactics to elevate the profile of the organization," according to a team release, serving as the club's primary contact for off-field media coverage.

Kaufman comes to the Mets from The Ehrhardt Group, a public relations and marketing firm in New Orleans. For more than two decades prior to that, he served as vice president of communications for the NBA's Charlotte (and later New Orleans) Hornets.

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