Richard Garlick has become Arsenal FC’s new Managing Director and will leave his current role as the club’s Director of Football Operations this summer.
Garlick joined the Premier League club in 2021 where he was responsible for all football operations and administration for men’s and women’s football, as well as player welfare.
The new Managing Director worked closely alongside Sporting Director Edu which has coincided with Arsenal’s rise back to competing in the UEFA Champions League and challenging for the Premier League title last season.
He will assume his new position at Arsenal once Chief Executive Officer Vinai Ventakesham leaves his role at the end of the season after announcing his decision to step down last year.
Arsenal Co-Chair Josh Kroenke, commented on Garlick’s new position: “Richard is recognised and respected across the industry for his vast experience, and we were delighted when he joined us back in 2021 to take our football strategy to the next level.
“He has made an enormous impact since joining us, working closely with our Sporting Director, Edu, on the development and implementation of the club’s football strategy. He has developed strong relationships right across the club and wider industry.
“Rich has been key to the progress we’ve made as a club – including recent transfers – and I’m thrilled he will now lead our Executive Team and continue to drive the club forward with passion.”
Before joining the three-time Premier League winners, Garlick was the Director of Football for the Premier League. He presided over stakeholder relationships and teams, which included player transfers and registration, as well as matchday operations and the Elite Player Performance Plan.
This role came before Garlick held several roles over an eight-year period at West Bromwich Albion. His roles at the club included Director of Football Administration and served on the Board of Directors.
“Since joining Arsenal in 2021, I’ve had the privilege to be involved with almost every aspect of this incredible club. I’m excited to take us forward in my new role as we move into the next phase of delivering the vision of our owners, Stan and Josh,” said Garlick.
“I’d like to thank the Board for the support they’ve given me, and Edu for his support as I pursued this opportunity. I’d also like to thank Vinai for his leadership and contribution to the club over the last 14 years.
“I look forward to continuing to work with them all as I transition into this new role and drive the club forward.”