Lord moves into new role

At Monday's Melbourne Victory’s 5th Annual General Meeting, Geoff Lord announced to shareholders that at the conclusion of the 2010/11 Hyundai A-League season he would be retiring as Melbourne Victory Chairman, to move to a new role as Melbourne Victory Founding Chairman, focussing on strategy and business development.

At Monday's Melbourne Victory-s 5th Annual General Meeting, Geoff Lord announced to shareholders that at the conclusion of the 2010/11 Hyundai A-League season he would be retiring as Melbourne Victory Chairman, to move to a new role as Melbourne Victory Founding Chairman, focussing on strategy and business development.

Geoff Lord was the driving force behind the creation of Melbourne Victory Football Club, and after securing a license to participate in the Hyundai A-League, in four short months was the architect behind pulling together what has proven to be a very strong football and administrative management group.

He has overseen the club since day one and his vision has resulted in Melbourne Victory becoming the most successful Hyundai A-League team.

He felt it was time for change and a new youthful direction at the club, as well as reaching the determination that the day-to-day involvement at Melbourne Victory was challenging given his other diverse business interests.

“It-s been an amazing ride over the past 75 months, from when we first secured a playing license from the FFA for Melbourne Victory.” Lord said.

“Who would have thought we would have managed to achieve what we have, and it has been a fantastic experience for me. Two Championships, two Premierships, some amazing people and some amazing moments, has all contributed to a terrific journey.

“However, I believe now is the right time to take a different role. I-ve always wanted to ensure that I can commit as much as I possibly can to the football club, and it has certainly been a priority for me, but with other business interests, I feel that the time is right for change.

“I want to take the opportunity to thank my fellow Directors, shareholders, club management, staff, the players, and finally our unbelievable fans who have supported me and massively contributed to building the biggest club in the competition.”

It was also announced at the meeting that current non-executive Director, Anthony Di Pietro, was elected unanimously by the Board to take over as Chairman at the conclusion of the Hyundai A-League season.

Anthony has been on the Board for the past 5 years. He is a successful businessman in his own right, having been a Director of Premier Fruits since 1998, and in turn, appointed C.E.O. and Director of all Premier Group Companies in 2003.

“Firstly, on behalf of the Board, I-d like to thank Geoff Lord for what he has brought to this football club since its inception. His vision and input both strategically and operationally has seen us reach great heights, and puts us in the fantastic position we are in today”, Di Pietro said.

“I-m obviously very excited about the opportunity and thank the Board for their support of me. Melbourne Victory is a very important part of my life and when the opportunity arrives for me to take over as Chairman; I look forward to doing so and representing our shareholders, members and fans to continue to take this club forward.

“Until that time, it will be business as usual as we look to hopefully embarking on another finals campaign.”