Premier League club Arsenal have ended their search for a new chief executive at the North London club by appointing the deputy commissioner of Major League Soccer in the United States, Ivan Gazidis.
44-year-old Gazidis was a founding management member of the MLS and will end his 14-year association with the American league to take up his new post with the Gunners in January.
Gazidis is an Oxford graduate, who was born in South Africa and is expected to handle duties surrounding player contracts and negotiations, which were previously carried out at the Emirates Stadium by former vice-chairman David Dean.
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood hailed the appointment, calling Gazidis’ credentials “first class” and that his business acumen and knowledge of football will enhance the Premiership club.
Hill-Wood said: “Ivan's credentials are first class.
“It is evident he has a wealth of business acumen, together with a broad knowledge of football, that will enhance our reputation within the football community and international commercial markets."
Gazidis added: “I have been privileged in my 14 years with MLS to have worked with and for some of the best sports executives and owners in the world.
“I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to bring that experience to Arsenal — a club rich in heritage and tradition.
“I relish the prospect of working with the key stakeholders to further propel the club forward.
“It is nearly 16 years since I left the UK but I’m very much looking forward to returning in January.”