Chelsea F.C has announced the appointment of its new CEO Chris Jurasek as co-owner Todd Boehly begins to step back from boardroom duties.
Jurasek will work and oversee business operations for the Premier League club and will also work alongside newly appointed co-Sporting Directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley as Chelsea begin to lay the groundwork for next season.
“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,” said Jurasek.
“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.”
Having worked in Chief Executive positions for Clearlake Capital and software developer EagleView, Jurasek’s confirmation as Chelsea’s new CEO comes after having attended several business meetings over the position.
Chelsea also announced the departure of President of Business Tom Glick, who the club stated stepped down from his role to pursue other opportunities. Glick will also work with Jurasek on the transition before departing.
Boehly, alongside co-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.
“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.”
“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.”
The Chelsea boardroom reshuffle comes after Boehly announced he will be stepping away from executive duties since taking over the club last summer.
Boehly was criticised with his management of the five-time Premier League champions from various media pundits and fans, citing managerial appointments and £600m spent on transfer signings as some of the reasons they believe played a part in the club’s worst Premier League finish in nearly 30 years.
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was also recently confirmed this week to become the new coach of Chelsea for the 2023-24 season under a two-year contract.