Bill Zito a prominent NHL agent the last two decades has divested his interest in Acme World Sports LLC to join the Blue Jackets as assistant general manager The Dispatch has learned.

The hiring will be announced by the club later today.

Zito will head the Blue Jackets’ pro scouting department and have a heavy hand in college scouting. He has represented NHL players such as Tim Thomas Brian Rafalski Sami Salo Kimmo Timonen Ville Leino Valtteri Filppula Tuukka Rask and John Madden as well as current Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski.

Zito did not return calls from The Dispatch seeking comment.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen first met Zito in 1995 at the IIHF World Championships in Stockholm Sweden when the two decided to merge their two fledgling agencies into one – Acme Sports.

Zito’s hiring will not affect longtime Blue Jackets assistant GM Chris MacFarland. He will continue to oversee the club’s American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield Mass. and play a role in amateur scouting.