January 12, 2018 / 7:10 AM / 9 months ago

Chelsea appoint Laurence as new chief executive

(Reuters) - Chelsea have appointed Guy Laurence as their new chief executive to oversee the day-to-day operations of the club, the Premier League champions said on Thursday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton vs Chelsea - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - December 23, 2017 Christmas hats on the seats of Chelsea fans before the match REUTERS/Phil Noble

Laurence was previously the director of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment - the company controlling the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, NBA’s Toronto Raptors and MLS club Toronto FC - and is scheduled to start working at Chelsea next month.

“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... “ club chairman Bruce Buck said in a statement.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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