Chelsea have named Ron Gourlay as their new chief executive.
The 46-year-old replaces Peter Kenyon, who announced on Wednesday he would be stepping down from the position at the end of next month.
Gourlay, who was previously the chief operating officer at the London club, told Chelsea's official website: "It is a huge honour to be offered the chance to lead Chelsea."
Gourlay continued: "We have a fantastic team both on and off the field and those teams can move us on to even greater success in the future.
"To be responsible for that is a fantastic challenge and I will be giving it my total commitment, drive and energy.
"All successful clubs strike the balance between the footballing and commercial sides and my role is to ensure this happens as it is a critical part of our strategy moving forward."
Gourlay has been at Chelsea for five years in a variety of roles. He has more than 25 years of experience in football and past senior jobs include working at Manchester United and Umbro.
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