Aberdeen have appointed outgoing Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows to the role at Pittodrie.
The lifelong Motherwell fan has been at Fir Park for over 15 years, after starting out in a communications role, and in the CEO position since 2014.
He revealed his shock resignation from the club last month and said: “It is with a very heavy heart that I resign from a club that I love dearly.”
Premiership rivals Aberdeen announced on Wednesday that Burrows has agreed to join them as their new chief executive.
He will begin his new role at the end of this month on February 27.
In a statement released on social media, Dons’ chairman Dave Cormack said: “Alan has all the experience and qualities you’d look for in a chief executive. He’s got his finger firmly on the pulse of the Scottish game, is well-respected in footballing circles and is fully aligned with the strategy and vision we have to drive Aberdeen FC forward.
“In taking over as chairman, the intention was always to appoint a chief executive. However, within three months, the COVID pandemic hit and I felt the need to lead the Club through the significant financial challenges that presented. It was also critical that we were patient and found the right individual who knows and understands both football and business.”
“When Alan announced his intention to step down at Motherwell FC we began a dialogue which, I’m delighted to say, has led to his appointment. Alan inherits a strong management team and staff, many of whom he has worked with on SPFL working groups over the years. I’d particularly like to thank Motherwell chairman, Jim McMahon, for his co-operation in ensuring we have been able to agree a smooth transition.”
Commenting on his appointment, Alan said: “It’s a real privilege to be asked to take up the position of chief executive at AFC. I’ve built up a good working relationship with the chairman over the years and was very pleased when he got in touch.
“Aberdeen is an excellent football club with a rich and decorated history and ambitious plans for a successful future.
“When I decided to step down from my role at Motherwell, I was fortunate enough to have a number of clubs make contact with me. However, I was most intrigued by the Aberdeen opportunity, as I think there is so much potential at this club and so many exciting projects already well underway.
“There is much to do, on and off the pitch, and I am excited and eager to work with the many talented staff who I know are in place at Pittodrie. I am also keen to immerse myself as much as I can in the city and with the supporters, so I can best reflect the traditions and expectations of the Dons fanbase.
“I want to place on record my sincere thanks to all my friends and colleagues at Motherwell for fifteen memorable years. I wish the club, the directors, the staff, players and the supporters, who were very good to me, every success in the future.”