The St. Louis Rams have named Les Snead as the club's new general manager.

Snead spent the past 13 seasons in the personnel department with the Atlanta Falcons. He was one of about 10 candidates for the position, which became vacant when Billy Devaney was fired in the wake of a 2-14 season.

"Les Snead is a rising personnel star whose passion for scouting and innovation differentiated him throughout the search process," said Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff in a statement. "His vision for making the Rams a sustained winner resonated with our entire organization and the energy and leadership he brings to our building is infectious. He has spent 15 years preparing for this opportunity and we are confident he will deliver the results our organization and fans deserve."

Snead will work with new Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who was hired last month to replace the fired Steve Spagnuolo, and will have final say on all personnel decisions.

The 37-year-old Alabama native started his NFL front office career in the pro scouting department with Jacksonville in 1995 and remained with the Jaguars through the 1997 season. He then moved on to Atlanta and helped build a Falcons team that has won 43 games with three playoff appearances over the past four seasons.