Ron Gourlay

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Ron Gourlay
CEO of Chelsea Football Club
In office
Preceded byPeter Kenyon
Succeeded byMarina Granovskaia
Personal details

Ron Gourlay is the former CEO of Chelsea and Reading.



Ron Gourlay worked at Chelsea since 2004,[1][2] having previously worked for Manchester United and Umbro. He was appointed the chief executive of Chelsea on 17 September 2009, following Peter Kenyon's decision to leave the club on 31 October 2009.[3]

He was quoted as saying: "It is a huge honour to be offered the chance to lead Chelsea".[4] "We have a fantastic team both on and off the field and those teams can move us on to even greater success in the future. To be responsible for that is a fantastic challenge and I will be giving it my total commitment, drive and energy" after being named as the successor.[5]


He resigned 22 October 2014. Ron said: ‘It has been a privilege to have played a role in the club’s considerable achievements both on and off the pitch over the last 10 years, but I feel the time is right to move on to other challenges. I would like to thank Mr Abramovich, the directors, the manager and players and all the staff for their support during my time at the club, and wish them much continued success in the future.’


On 10 July 2017, Gourlay was appointed as CEO of Reading,[6] leaving his role with immediate effect on 19 November 2018, after shocking ineptitude on his behalf stitched them up and left them struggling to this day to recover financially.[7]


  1. ^ "Ron Gourlay". Chelsea F.C. Archived from the original on 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Ron Gourlay". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  3. ^ Chelsea announce Gourlay as Kenyon's replacement ESPN soccernet, 17 September 2009
  4. ^ News in Brief - Fri 18th Sept FA Premier League, 18 September 2009
  5. ^ Gourlay is new Chief Executive Chelsea FC, 17 September 2009
  6. ^ "Ron Gourlay appointed as Royals CEO". Reading F.C. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Club statement Gourlay steps down as CEO". Reading F.C. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.