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20/02/2013 12:00, Report by Communications Dept.
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Ed Woodward assumes responsibilities at MU

– Executive vice chairman takes on duties vacated by David Gill

– Richard Arnold appointed group managing director, consolidating business operations under him

– Michael Bolingbroke, chief operating officer, to be appointed to the main board and to take on further responsibilities including chairman of the MU Foundation

(NYSE:MANU) Ed Woodward, Manchester United’s executive vice chairman, is to assume the responsibilities that David Gill will relinquish on 30 June. From 1 July, Ed will have overall responsibility for the club, including, in conjunction with Sir Alex Ferguson, facilitating transfer activity.

In a revised management structure from 1 July, Ed has appointed Richard Arnold, the current commercial director, as its new group managing director, overseeing all commercial and operational aspects of the club.

Michael Bolingbroke, chief operating officer, will report into Richard and consolidate the club’s operations under him. His new position will see him take responsibility for the club’s local, national and global CSR (corporate social responsibility) projects.

Ed joined the club in 2005. He initially focused on developing the overall growth strategy of the club and in 2007 he assumed direct responsibility for the commercial and media operations. Hiring Richard, together they developed and implemented a new commercial strategy, including the execution of an innovative sponsorship approach.

Ed is a director of Manchester United Football Club, Manchester United plc, Manchester United Merchandising Ltd and MUTV. He also sits on the Marketing Committee of the European Club Association. His job title will remain executive vice chairman.

Richard joined United in 2007 and is currently responsible for the management and growth of the club’s sponsorship, retail, merchandising, apparel and product licensing, and its new media and mobile business. He was nominated for SportBusiness International's Sports innovator of the year list in 2011. He is a director of Manchester United Football

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