Second-tier English soccer side Sheffield Wednesday have appointed Katrien Meire as their new chief executive.
Meire joins the Championship club after stepping down in December from the same role at third-tier team Charlton Athletic, where she had held the position since 2014. The Belgian oversaw eight managerial changes during a turbulent period for the League One outfit, which coincided with widespread supporter protests and a dramatic decline in the team’s league position.
Meire’s responsibilities at Charlton included supporting the first team and academy management, and leading the off-field day-to-day management of the club.
The 33-year-old’s first task for Sheffield Wednesday will be to help find a replacement for head coach Carlos Carvalhal, who left the Owls by mutual consent on 24th December, only to join Premier League side Swansea City days later.
“This has personally been a very difficult decision to make as I love working for the club with all the terrific staff at The Valley and Sparrows Lane but I believe I need a new challenge,” said Meire. “I’m very grateful for my time here at Charlton. I wish the fans, staff and club every success and I will always keep an eye out for the results.”
“I am so pleased to take up the position of chief executive at Sheffield Wednesday,” she continued. “This is a massive challenge at a massive club and I am looking forward to beginning this journey. The chairman has very exciting plans for the club in the short and long term, and I bought into his vision immediately.
“The size of the club and fan base at Hillsborough is renowned in the football world, which were key factors in my decision to join.”
“I would officially like to welcome Katrien to Sheffield Wednesday,” added Dejphon Chansiri, chairman at Sheffield Wednesday. “Katrien’s appointment is a key development for our club and one which I am delighted to make.
“I have said for some time that I would only appoint a chief executive should the right person fit my specification to lead the structure of Sheffield Wednesday on a day to day basis. I am 100 percent convinced I have found that person in Katrien and I am delighted to confirm her appointment.”
Sheffield Wednesday are 16th in the Championship, having won only seven of their 26 games. They were thumped 3-0 at home by Burton Albion on New Year’s Day, and will face Carlisle United on Saturday.