People on the move: Chelsea, San Jose Earthquakes and more

Premier League football club Chelsea has named new owner Todd Boehly as chairman of the board, replacing Bruce Buck who announced last week that he would be stepping down from the role after 19 years.

Chelsea’s other board members will include Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano, co-founders and managing partners of Clearlake Capital; Mark Walter, co-founder and chief executive of Guggenheim Partners; Hansjörg Wyss, founder of the Wyss Foundation; Jonathan Goldstein, co-founder and chief executive of Cain International; Barbara Charone, director and co-founder of MBC PR; Lord Daniel Finkelstein, columnist and former executive editor of The Times; and James Pade, partner and managing director of Clearlake Capital.

Boehly will also operate as interim sporting director until Chelsea names a full-time replacement for Marina Granovskaia. A consortium led by Boehly and Clearlake Capital completed its acquisition of Chelsea last month, with the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge among the areas of investment outlined by the club’s new owners.

Major League Soccer team San Jose Earthquakes has announced the promotions of Jed Mettee to chief operating officer, Ian Anderson to chief strategy officer, and D’Lonra Ellis to chief legal officer.

Mettee (pictured left) is the Earthquakes’ longest-serving employee and originally joined the team 21 years ago. He was hired to oversee the club’s media relations in 2001 following spells with the New England Revolution and Boston Bulldogs, and later rose to vice-president of marketing and communications in January 2011 before becoming executive vice-president in January 2017.

In his new role, Mettee will oversee marketing, communications, broadcasting, community outreach, government relations, and stadium operations, while working on the club’s stadium infrastructure projects and the planned training complex at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

Anderson (pictured right) rejoined the club ahead of the 2019 season as director of business strategy and was later promoted to vice-president of strategy, overseeing commercial revenue, data and analytics, strategic planning, and business operations.

Ellis (pictured centre) oversees day-to-day legal matters for the Earthquakes and Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics. She previously served as general counsel of Aspire Public Schools, a non-profit charter management organisation that serves over 15,000 students throughout California.

Premier League club Brentford has announced that non-executive directors Donald Kerr and Mike Power will stand down on June 30.

Kerr and Power have served on the club’s board since 2009 and 2014, respectively, and both made significant contributions as Brentford moved to a new stadium and secured promotion to the Premier League.

Power also served on the board of Brentford FC (Lionel Road) Ltd, the company initially responsible for the club’s new stadium, which opened in 2020.

David Ferrer has been announced as the tournament director for the Davis Cup Finals tennis tournament.

The Spaniard, who played 20 Davis Cup ties for his country and lifted the trophy three times, has been appointed to the role as Malaga prepares to stage the ‘Final 8’ of this year’s tournament from November 22-27.

The Finals group stage will take place from September 13-18 in Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia, with the top two teams from each venue qualifying for the Malaga event.

AEG Presents has appointed Milan Rokic as senior vice-president of AEG Presents Asia.

Rokic will be responsible for leading the AEG Presents Asia team in acquiring and implementing a robust touring business for properties in music, sport and festivals. He will report to Adam Wilkes, president and chief executive of AEG Presents Asia.

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