The appointment follows an extensive recruitment process run by Odgers Sport Practice, begun in October 2006. Lee Daley, 43, who takes up his post in mid-April, will oversee all of the Club’s commercial plans, from sponsorship to media, financial services and marketing.
Chief Executive David Gill said: “I am delighted that Lee is joining the Board. The Group Commercial Director is central to maintaining the Club’s position at the top of the game. Lee has invaluable global experience that will help us to uphold our reputation for being innovative, creative and successful. The standard of candidates that expressed an interest in the job was extremely high and to have secured Lee’s services is a great coup for the Club.”
Lee Daley said: “Manchester United is one of the great loves of my life. To be offered the chance to work for them and to join at such an exciting time is a unique privilege. I leave advertising after 20 fantastic years in order to serve the greatest football club in the world. I am committed to making a difference to the fortunes of the Club, to serving the fans, to helping in the expansion of the business of Manchester United worldwide, to honouring the great traditions of the Club and to working with a talented and passionate board of directors.”
The appointment means that the board of Manchester United Ltd will consist of: Joel Glazer (joint chairman), Avram Glazer (joint chairman), Bryan Glazer, Darcie Glazer, Edward Glazer, Kevin Glazer, David Gill (Chief Executive), Michael Bolingbroke (Chief Operating Officer) and Lee Daley (Group Commercial Director).