Chelsea FC has appointed Chris Jurasek as its new chief executive officer.
Jurasek will take responsibility for all the business areas of the club and will report to the board alongside co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, who will remain responsible for all the sporting activities of the club.
Jurasek said: ‘I’m delighted to be joining Chelsea, a club which is loved and followed all over the world. I’m enormously proud to be leading it into the next chapter in its rich history. We have huge opportunities to grow on and off the pitch and to engage our exceptional fans both in London and wherever they are supporting us from. I’m looking forward to working closely with our owners, leadership and everyone around the club.’
Chairman Todd Boehly and owners Mark Walter and Hansjörg Wyss said: ‘Chris is an outstanding executive who will add significant value to Chelsea. A collaborative and senior leader with experience across a diverse range of companies, Chris is a fantastic addition to our team.’
Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano, co-controlling owners, said: ‘Chris’ skill and expertise will help us to drive the club forward in all areas, particularly in supporting our long-term plans for Chelsea.
‘Our focus will continue to be on ensuring the club is competitive and sustainable both from a sporting and business perspective, with a talented and ambitious leadership team.’
Jurasek, a successful and experienced CEO, has over 25 years’ experience in leadership roles in global companies, as well as holding a number of board positions.
Tom Glick, president of business, has decided to step down from his role to pursue other opportunities. He will be working closely with Jurasek in the coming months on the transition before departing the club.
Boehly, Eghbali, Feliciano, Walter and Wyss added: ‘We’d like to thank Tom for all his efforts and support to us during the first year of our ownership and helping Chelsea position the club for future success.’