Melbourne Storm CEO Mark Evans informed staff today of his intention to return to the United Kingdom after just over two years in the role.
Chairman, Mr Bart Campbell, thanked Mr Evans for his significant contribution to the Club during a transitional period for Storm following a change of ownership in early 2013.
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“On behalf of the Board, I’d like to personally thank Mark for the immense contribution he has made during his time at Storm,” Mr Campbell said.
“Mark has been pivotal to the transformation of the Club’s off-field performance – placing us in a strong position to achieve future growth in a challenging environment.
“Whilst we understand and fully support his reasons for wanting to return to the UK, his departure will be noticed and he will be missed by all at Storm.”
Evans has overseen a significant transformation of Storm’s business operations over the past two years, including:
- Development and implementation of Storm’s business plan that has improved the Club’s financial position;
- Restructure of management team;
- Record membership numbers and average crowds;
- Retention of existing commercial partners and acquisition of new ones;
- Building strong relationships with key stakeholders including the NRL, Broadcasters and MOPT;
- Overseeing acquisition of non-football assets.
He arrived in Australia in April 2013, assisted in the acquisition of Storm, before taking over as CEO in May 2013.
“After two years in Australia the timing was right for me to return back to the UK,” Mr Evans said.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Storm and, while there’s still much to do, all involved should be proud of the business turnaround work that has been undertaken.
“I leave with the confidence that the work being done at Storm is of the highest level and will see the Club continue to prosper into the future.
“I wish all at the Club the very best for the future and hope our members continue to enjoy what is one of the most enjoyable sports entertainment propositions in market for many years to come.”
Mr Evans will officially finish in late-June.
A search for Mr Evans’ replacement has already commenced.