English soccer champions Chelsea have appointed Guy Laurence as their new chief executive.
The former Vodafone UK chief executive, 56, will begin his role in February and will report to the Premier League club’s board of directors. He will take overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the club with a focus on driving their commercial activities in order to increase revenues.
Chelsea have been operating without a chief executive since the departure of Ron Gourlay in October 2014.
Laurence, who most recently served as president and chief executive of Canadian firm Rogers Communications, has previous experience in sport, having been a director of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns and operates the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Toronto Raptors, the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Toronto Maple Leafs, and Toronto FC of Major League Soccer (MLS).
“We look forward to Guy joining the club during an exciting period for Chelsea on and off the field,” said Chelsea’s chairman Bruce Buck. “He will be working with the owner and the board to increase our commercial revenues and maximise digital opportunities, identifying new ways to best serve our supporters here in the UK and further grow our international fanbase.”