Gold Coast Suns have named AFL’s Football Operations Manager Mark Evans as their new chief executive, replacing Andrew Travis.
Travis resigned from the club’s CEO position yesterday having been in the role for a little over two years.
Evans had been at the AFL since 2013 and prior to that he held the positon of Football Operations Manager at Hawthorn since 2004.
Evans had recently been linked to the vacant CEO position at Hawthorn but will now switch to a club that has struggled both financially and have performed poorly on the field.
Gold Coast Suns Chairman, Tony Cochrane, said: “Mark is universally respected across the AFL industry, and his strong record in football administration and management speaks for itself.
“He will bring valuable senior executive experience from his time at the AFL and clubs to our young Gold Coast Suns, and it is a great boost of confidence in the future of our club and its place in our community.
Evans will step down from the AFL immediately and will commence at the new chief of the Suns on March 6.
In a statement, Evans added: “This is a young team and a young business with a great stadium, and fantastic new training and administration base, and incredible growth potential.
“I know the challenges the Gold Coast Suns face but the opportunities and the importance of this club to the national competition can’t be overstated. The health of the whole competition depends on growing the footprint of our game in Queensland – and the Gold Coast Suns are absolutely the front line.
“Having lead the development of the next generation academies, I can’t wait to get my hands dirty making the most of the promise to grow into new areas, and new fans.”