Chelsea have announced a revamp of the Club Board with co-owner Todd Boehly replacing Bruce Buck as chairman with immediate effect.
Since completing a £4.25bn takeover of Chelsea last month following a deal with now ex-owner Roman Abramovich, Boehly and his consortium has slowly began to implement their future plans which included the departure of Bruce Buck as Chairman.
Buck will stand down from his role on 30 June and speaking about his departure on Monday (20 June), Buck said: “I am proud to have helped Chelsea realize great success on the pitch and make a positive impact in the community,” with 30 trophies across men and women’s teams during his reign.
The 76 year-old went on to add as he takes up a new position as a senior advisor at the club: “Now is the right time to step down and let new ownership build on the strong foundations we have in place.
“The owners have a compelling vision for Chelsea’s future, and I look forward to helping them achieve it in this new role alongside our incredible staff, players, coaches and supporters.”
Boehly has since been confirmed as Buck’s successor as Club Chairman with immediate effect and he has iterated his aim to create “… an outstanding experience for its passionate, loyal fans, and continuing to challenge for top honours in line with Chelsea FC’s decorated history,’ moving forward.
The club have also confirmed a boardroom shake-up with the following people becoming Board members with immediate effect;
- Behdad Eghbali and Jose E. Feliciano – co-controlling owners of Chelsea FC and co-founders and managing partners of Clearlake Capital.
- Mark Walter – co-owner of Chelsea FC, co-founder and CEO of Guggenheim Partners, owner of Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Sparks.
- Hansjörg Wyss – co-owner of Chelsea FC, founder of Wyss Foundation.
- Jonathan Goldstein – co-owner of Chelsea FC, co-founder and CEO of Cain International.
- Barbara Charone – Director and co-founder of MBC PR
- Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE – Columnist and former executive editor of The Times.
- James Pade – Partner and managing director of Clearlake Capital.
Chelsea FC Director, Marina Granovskaia will depart the club in early September once the summer transfer window shuts on 1 September, with Boehly immediately acting as interim Sporting Director until a full-time replacement is appointed with Granovskaia assisting him in transfer plans.
The first match of Todd Boehly’s reign sees Chelsea visit Everton on Saturday 6 August in a 5:30pm kick-off live on Sky Sports.