Former Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has been appointed to a similar role at Championship outfit Reading.
Gourlay, who previously held senior roles at Manchester United and Umbro, will replace Nigel Howe, who is to take up the role of vice-chairman after more than 21 years in the post he has vacated.
The vastly-experienced Gourlay, who presided over Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League glory during his time at Stamford Bridge, is relishing his new challenge.
He told the Royals’ official website: “I am delighted to take up this new position as chief executive at Reading Football Club and I consider it a real honour to be presented with the fantastic challenge of guiding the club to the next level.
“I look forward to working closely with all the staff who, through their dedication and commitment on a day-to-day basis, strive to make this club successful at every level – and I am excited to be working alongside manager Jaap Stam and his coaching team, director of football Brian Tevreden and a very promising squad of players ahead of what I am sure will be another exhilarating campaign in the Sky Bet Championship.”
Howe, a member of the EFL Board, will oversee the club’s Royal Elm Park project – a £500million convention centre and housing development next to the Madejski Stadium – and plans to enhance the club’s training ground and stadium complex.