Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Exeter City’s Board of Directors announced the appointment of Guy Wolfenden, aged 40, as the new Chief Executive Officer, writes Mark Briggs
Wolfenden joins the Club from Warwickshire County Cricket Club where he has been in charge of commercial operations, match days and marketing operations.
He previously fulfilled a similar role with Somerset County Cricket Club.
During his tenure at both clubs, he has overseen the delivery of significant improvements and performance in all aspects of the business.
Wolfenden will take on the full chief executive function at Exeter City as the most senior member of staff and head of all operations.
After the departure of Norrie Stewart in 2011, Julian Tagg agreed to the board’s request to take on both his existing role of executive director football and that of acting chief executive for a period of two years to give the Board time to reflect on the best way forward. It is now more than two years since that temporary arrangement came into existence.
Tagg’s revised role will be mostly centred on working with Paul Tisdale, Steve Perryman and the coaching staff to develop a structure and methods of working to equip us for future success. Tagg will remain as a main board director and vice chairman of the club.
On his appointment Guy Wolfenden said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take up the role of chief executive at Exeter City. I am genuinely excited to be able to work with the supporters’ trust, board and all the staff to continue to build on the fantastic supporter and commercial support the Grecians currently enjoy and to continue providing exciting football for all to watch.”
The club chairman Edward Chorlton OBE welcomed the new appointment, and in doing so, also paid tribute to way in which Julian Tagg had taken on the almost impossible task the Board had placed on his shoulders over the past 27 months.
In planning for this appointment, the club and trust have ensured that the costs involved in appointing the new CEO have been appropriately and adequately budgeted for. Woolfenden will work with the Grecians on October 1, 2013.