Ron Gourlay, Chelsea’s chief operating officer, has been named as outgoing chief executive Peter Kenyon’s replacement at the Premier League soccer club.
Gourlay, like Kenyon a former Manchester United employee, also worked for sportswear company Umbro for 16 years.
“It is a huge honour to be offered the chance to lead Chelsea,” he said.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said: “Ron was the outstanding candidate for the job. It was not necessary to look outside as we had someone with all the necessary attributes inside which was important as it ensures continuity and a smooth transition. He has the total support of the board and Roman Abramovich and both the football and business elements of the club will report to him. We are absolutely confident that he can now take us forward into the next stage of our development as a club and business.”