Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson has tendered his resignation after five years in the role, as the club prepares for an election on a board vacancy.
Anderson arrived at the club in 2018 and oversaw a period of considerable off-field overhaul, involving the departures of former coach Nathan Buckley and former president Eddie McGuire.
General manager of football Graham Wright will serve as interim CEO, with the Pies to announce his replacement “in due course”.
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“Thank you to everyone at Collingwood for the opportunity to serve as CEO – it has been a privilege to represent all of our Members and supporters,” Anderson said in a statement.
“Collingwood is truly a Club that is Made by Many and whose Members and supporters are the most loyal, dedicated and passionate fans across the competition. One of the highlights throughout my time at the Club has been seeing the Magpie Army return to the ‘G’ this year after two tough years impacted by the pandemic. To feel the roar and atmosphere after another one of our amazing wins this season is something that I will always remember and treasure.
“The Collingwood Football Club is a great Club because of the quality of our people and it has been a pleasure to work alongside so many brilliant coaches, staff and players across each of our teams. I want to especially thank my talented Executive team for their expertise and support which has been greatly appreciated.
“To our loyal partners – Emirates, KFC, La Trobe Financial and Nike – and all our corporate and community partners and coterie groups, thank you for your commitment and support of Collingwood. We value the relationships we have formed and don’t take for granted the great role that they continue to play.
The Pies now join Essendon in the hunt for a new CEO.
It continues an off-season of change for the club, which recently announced Clare Pettyfor as its new head of football operations.
The director vacancy on the board comes with the departure of former president Mark Korda, who this year completed his three-year term and opted not to stand for re-election.
Dan Rosen, the board’s initial recommendation to fill the vacancy, withdrew from the race last week, being “unable to proceed with nominating for a position on the board at this time”.
Nominations for the vacancy close at 5PM AEDT on Thursday November 3.