Former Roar CEO returns as club boss

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:51 AM Former Brisbane Roar CEO David Pourre has been appointed as the embattled A-League club's new managing director.

Pourre was confirmed on Wednesday as the man tasked with steadying the ship as the Roar endures yet another off-field saga, this one sparked by the shock axing of managing director Mark Kingsman on Monday.

Pourre served as the club's chief executive for 12 months before resigning abruptly in May last year, partially because of his frustration at the time with the club's Indonesian owners, the Bakrie Group.

He was convinced to return to the club after being headhunted by the Bakries and receiving assurances around continued funding.

"I am thrilled to be re-joining Brisbane Roar," Pourre said.

"This is a club that has continued its football journey and improvement in key areas of operations commenced during my first tenure.

"What really appealed to me was the owner's vision of what this football club could be, and should be, the biggest and best in Australia," Pourre said.

"There's a lot of work to do to achieve that but I'm extremely pleased to be back and working towards that vision."

Chairman Rahim Soekasah said: "David brings a wealth of commercial experience, personal networks and a deep understanding of football operations that will provide stability, continuity and a pathway of growth for the Roar."

Pourre said Brisbane's planned move to a new $9 million headquarters in Logan early next year and the establishment of the club's junior academy was proof the Roar were heading in the right direction.

Prior to working as CEO, Pourre was the Roar's commercial director for nearly two years and was popular with supporters throughout his time at the club.

He had agreed to join a Roar advisory board following his resignation and although it was canned when Kingsman first began his reign, it will now be resurrected to provide "valuable insight and strategic guidance" to the club's management.

"It is crucial we improve our approach to stakeholder engagement and we will announce details shortly on the composition of this board," he said.

Source: AAP






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