Former Rogers president Laurence named chief executive of Chelsea

Former Rogers president and CEO Guy Laurence. (Chris Young/CP)

British businessman Guy Laurence has been named new chief executive of Chelsea Football Club, the team announced in a press release on Thursday.

Beginning in February, Laurence will report to the club’s board of directors and be responsible for day-to-day operations of the reigning Premier League champions.

The 56-year-old boasts an extensive resume, with plenty of Canadian experience. Most recently he was president and CEO of Rogers Communications and also served as a director of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

He has also held senior positions with UK-based telecommunications company Vodafone.

“We look forward to Guy joining the club during an exciting period for Chelsea on and off the field,” said Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck in a press release. “He will be working with the owner and the Board to increase our commercial revenues and maximise digital opportunities, identifying new ways to best serve our supporters here in the UK and further grow our international fan base.”