Arsenal have confirmed that CEO Vinai Venkatesham will leave the club at the end of the season.
Venkatesham joined the club in 2010 to head up the global partnerships team and has worked his way up through the ranks – accelerating at speed in the aftermath of Ivan Gazidis’ departure – to become chief commercial officer and managing director before taking up his current role in 2020.
Vinai also represents Arsenal on the board of the European Club Association (ECA) – a role he briefly resigned during the Super League debacle – and the UEFA Club Competitions.
“This was a tough decision,” Vinai told Arsenal.com, “but it is time to pursue another challenge. Now is not the time for goodbyes as I remain focused until my last day and supporting a seamless transition.”
Josh Kroenke says it’s business as normal for the foreseeable future and thanked Vinai for his efforts.
“The Board is fully supportive of Vinai’s desire to pursue his next challenge,” reads a statement from the club’s co-chair.
“Whilst it is business as usual with everyone focused on the season ahead, we’d like to take this moment to thank him for his contribution and long service. Vinai will always be part of the Arsenal family and always welcome back at Emirates Stadium.
“Change and succession is something the club is well prepared for. The Board remains committed to our strategy and will address leadership change as we continue to drive the club forward.”
Having found Vinai very engaging and courteous in our dealings with him over the last few years, we’ll be very sad to see him go.
It’ll be interesting to see who steps up to replace him when the time comes.