02/20/2013 08:53 am ET

Alberto Riveron, First Latino Promoted To NFL Officiating Director Post

The NFL appointed Alberto Riveron -- the league's first Latino referee -- as the new senior director of officiating.

Riveron was born in Cuba and moved to Miami with his family at age 5. He became a referee in 2008 after serving four seasons as a side judge.

The 52-year-old Riveron takes the newly created position as second in command of the department under new vice president of officiating Dean Blandino

Riveron joins NFL Network vice president of human resources Andres Astralaga and Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera among Hispanics in high-ranking NFL positions.

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