11/26/2013 10:12 EST | Updated 01/26/2014 05:59 EST

Kyle Walters named Blue Bombers' GM

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have named Kyle Walters as the club's general manager.

Walters was first appointed as acting GM back in August, when the team fired Joe Mack.

 “Kyle is a strong leader with a wealth of knowledge of the Canadian Football League. His professionalism and great desire to win make him exactly what this organization needs in its next general manager,” president and CEO Wade Miller stated in a news release.

Since August, Walters has been aggressive in creating positive change in football operations, both through trades and signing free agents, according to the press release.

Walters said that will continue into the winter.

“No stone will go unturned, in any regard, in making this team better,” he said. “My goal for this team is to be competitive on a weekly basis, make the playoffs and be an annual contender.

“This is a great honour to represent fans across the province as the general manager of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. This franchise is embedded in our community and I’m very excited to steer us in the right direction moving forward.”

Prior to taking on the acting GM role, Walters served as assistant GM and director of Canadian scouting with the Blue Bombers.

In total, Walters has 12 seasons of CFL experience as a player, coach and assistant GM.

He played seven seasons in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and won a Grey Cup championship with the team in 1999.