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Sixers Hire New CEO

Bob Cooney of has the scoop:

The 76ers' new ownership group, headed by leveraged buyout specialist Joshua Harris, has hired noted travel industry executive Adam M. Aron as the team's chief executive officer, the Daily News learned yesterday.

Aron, 56, and Harris have history. Aron is a senior operating partner at Apollo Global Management, which Harris co-founded. Aron was born in Philadelphia and attended Abington High (class of 1972). Harris grew up here.

Aron met with both Doug Collins and Rod Thorn and Ed Stefanski separately. Here's what Coach Collins had to say:

"Adam, Rod and Ed spent 3 hours touring PCOM," said Collins, who led the team to a 41-41 record in his first season with the team, a 16-win improvement from the previous season. "Josh and Adam know that we need upgrades to our practice facility. They know to make money you have to spend money.

"I really love the energy that the both of them have. Meeting with Adam, it wasn't hard to realize that he is a really sharp guy with a lot of great ideas. I walked through with him what I'd like to see done, and he was very receptive to what I had to say, as was Josh when I've talked to him."

It is anticipated that the new ownership group will be approved in about two weeks. It'll be interesting to see what their first line of business as owners will be, even though the lockout limits their options.

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