Chelsea appoint Guy Laurence as chief executive
Chelsea have announced the appointment of Guy Laurence as chief executive.
The Blues have been operating without a chief executive since Ron Gourlay's departure in October 2014.
Gourlay had succeeded Peter Kenyon in the role, following the former Manchester United chief executive's departure in 2009.
Laurence will begin his role in February and report to the board, comprising chairman Bruce Buck and directors Marina Granovskaia and Eugene Tenenbaum, all key confidants of owner Roman Abramovich.
Laurence will "take overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the club, including the continuing development of our commercial activities in the UK and around the world, focusing on increasing club revenues", Chelsea said.
Buck welcomed the imminent arrival of Laurence, who was most recently president and chief executive of Rogers Communications in Canada. He has also held senior roles at Vodafone, including as chief executive of the telecoms giant's UK division.
Laurence has also been a director of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs, NBA's Toronto Raptors and MLS' Toronto FC.
Buck said: "We look forward to Guy joining the club during an exciting period for Chelsea on and off the field.
"He will be working with the owner and the Board to increase our commercial revenues and maximise digital opportunities, identifying new ways to best serve our supporters here in the UK and further grow our international fan base."