Arsenal announce Vinai Venkatesham succession plan as new executive decision made

Arsenal have announced that Richard Garlick will become the club’s new managing director this summer. Garlick, who has been with Arsenal since 2021, will move over from his role as Director of Football Operations.

In his current position the 47-year-old has executive responsibility for all football operations and administration across the club, including women’s football and player care. Garlick currently works alongside Sporting Director, Edu, academy manager Per Mertesacker, men’s first team manager Mikel Arteta and women’s first team manager Jonas Eideval on matters including player recruitment, contract negotiations and football administration.

Garlick will step into the role once current CEO Vinai Venkatesham leaves the club in the summer. Venkatesham, confirmed last year that he would be departing after 14 years at the club.

Richard is recognised and respected across the industry for his vast experience, and we were delighted when he joined us back in 2021 to take our football strategy to the next level,” Arsenal owner Josh Kroenke said. “He has made an enormous impact since joining us, working closely with our Sporting Director, Edu, on the development and implementation of the club’s football strategy. He has developed strong relationships right across the club and wider industry.
Rich has been key to the progress we’ve made as a club – including recent transfers – and I’m thrilled he will now lead our Executive Team and continue to drive the club forward with passion

Garlick added: “Since joining Arsenal in 2021, I’ve had the privilege to be involved with almost every aspect of this incredible club. I’m excited to take us forward in my new role as we move into the next phase of delivering the vision of our owners, Stan and Josh.

I’d like to thank the Board for the support they’ve given me, and Edu for his support as I pursued this opportunity. I’d also like to thank Vinai for his leadership and contribution to the club over the last 14 years. I look forward to continuing to work with them all as I transition into this new role and drive the club forward.”

Garlick has been with Arsenal since 2021 after the club took him from his role as director of football at the Premier League. Prior to that he had worked as sporting director at West Bromwich Albion.

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