Premier League soccer side Southampton have appointed Gareth Rogers to the role of chief executive.
Rogers has held the position of interim chief executive for the past two months, having been installed in the post by club owner Katharina Liebherr following January’s departure of former executive chairman Nicola Cortese.
Rogers had worked at the south coast club as chief financial officer since March 2011, and his appointment to the permanent position follows the arrival of Ralph Krueger, a former ice hockey player and coach who took up the role of Saints chairman earlier this month.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce, on behalf of the board, that Gareth has been appointed as our new chief executive officer,” said Krueger, who recently worked as a special advisor for Canada’s victorious men’s ice hockey team at Sochi 2014.
“Gareth has done an excellent job leading our operation through a challenging and transitional period over the past two months. In that time he has proved himself to be decisive, open to innovation and able to inspire others to share his great values.”
“It is a real privilege and an honour to be confirmed as chief executive officer of Southampton Football Club,” added Rogers. “It is clear from every facet of the club that a real sense of potential exists and we intend to continue to strive in order to reach this.”
“Whilst there is significant work ahead of us, I cannot speak highly enough of our fantastic staff who I know, having worked with them for the past three years, are pulling in the same direction to ensure that the club can continue to better itself.”
Southampton currently sit ninth in the Premier League table after an impressive second season back in England’s top flight.