Victory commences search for new CEO

Melbourne Victory Chairman, Anthony Di Pietro, today announced that Australia’s most successful A-League Club had commenced a search for a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the Club in the next phase of its growth, after Managing Director, Richard Wilson decided to step down.

Melbourne Victory Chairman, Anthony Di Pietro, today announced that Australia-s most successful A-League Club had commenced a search for a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the Club in the next phase of its growth, after Managing Director, Richard Wilson decided to step down.

In making the announcement, Mr Di Pietro praised the contribution of Richard Wilson, who was asked by the Board two and a half years ago to take on the role of re-shaping the Club-s direction.

“The Board and executive of Melbourne Victory have been privileged to have had someone of the calibre of Richard Wilson to administer the Club,” Mr Di Pietro said.

“As Managing Director, Richard led the restructuring of the management team and the Football Department, including the appointment of a new Head Coach, Ange Postecoglou, and a reinvigorated playing list of existing and new footballers, that continues to be Australia-s most successful A-League club. Richard also stabilised the financial performance of the Club, setting up solid foundations for future success.

“Importantly, membership, home attendances and commercial revenues have all grown under his direction. Richard was also instrumental in bringing Liverpool FC to Melbourne - an enormous coup for the Club," Mr Di Pietro added.

Mr Di Pietro said that he, Richard and the other directors, were satisfied that the Club was stable and well-positioned for future growth. He added that Richard Wilson remained one of the Club-s major shareholders and would continue on the Board as a non-executive Director once the new CEO of Melbourne Victory was appointed.

Richard Wilson said that it had been a privilege to take on this role and he had enjoyed the challenge. He added that it was now time for a new administrator to implement the Club-s strategic plan.

“It has certainly been an honour to lead the club that I care so much about and to have undertaken and actioned such significant and positive change," Mr Wilson said.

“Melbourne Victory is one of Australia-s best known sporting brands and we believe the Club offers a unique opportunity for a strong and capable sports administrator to successfully lead our Club into the next phase of our growth."