15 May 2018
Professor - Denise Barrett-Baxendale - newly appointed CEO of Everton © Everton FC
Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale has been confirmed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Everton - and is relishing the opportunity to help move the club forward.
The Merseysiders announced a restructuring of its Executive Leadership team on 15 May, including changes to the Board, with the most significant seeing Professor Barrett-Baxendale promoted from her position as Deputy Chief Executive to replace Robert Elstone.
“I am so proud to be given this opportunity and grateful for the support of the Chairman, Board of Directors and Mr Moshiri," she told the club's official website.
"I fully understand the privileged position that I will be taking up and the responsibilities that come with it. This is a great Club – footballing royalty - with the best, most committed fans and I can assure every single Evertonian that I am completely committed to driving our Club forward and making the most of the opportunities that we have.
"I know what the priorities are and I’m determined that we make progress in these areas. It’s also important to me that we make our progress in the right way - in the ‘Everton way’ - and this includes listening, consulting and collaborating on all important Club matters.”
Professor Barrett-Baxendale joined Everton in the Community in 2010 as Chief Executive Officer before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer at the Club and Deputy Chief Executive in 2013.
During this period she led numerous initiatives, including enhancing the matchday experience and fan engagement which have contributed to record-breaking attendances over recent seasons.
She has also taken the lead in establishing new departments such as Fan Services, Legal, Risk and Governance and the Club’s first Disability Liaison team. Denise helped transform Everton in the Community into one of the world’s leading sports charities and was recognised for her contribution in 2014 when she was awarded an MBE for her services to the Community.
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