Chief executive, Chelsea Football Club
Ron Gourlay became chief executive of Chelsea Football Club in September 2009 having first joined the club in 2004. He had held a variety of director-level roles, including chief operating officer. In his first year as chief executive, Chelsea won an historic double, claiming both the Premier League and FA Cup.
That silverware collection was added to in 2011/12 when the club won the Champions League for the first time in our history, plus once again the FA Cup - for the seventh time in total.
As well as success on the pitch, through his leadership the club has gone from strength to strength off it. Under Gourlay, commercial revenues have increased as has the club's charitable work through the award-winning Chelsea Foundation and global CSR projects in Asia Pacific and the USA.
Chelsea FC undertook a successful pre-season tour of Asia in 2011. The squad had a 100 per cent record on the pitch and won the Barclays Asia Tour trophy. Through our Here to Play, Here to Stay initiative, spearheaded by Gourlay, the club has also left a long-lasting legacy towards improving grass-roots football in the region. The Blue Pitches programme is at the core of it.
This was followed up by the Here to Play, Here to Stay tour of the United States in the summer of 2012. As well as helping the squad prepare for the new campaign, with the first football match played in the new Yankee Stadium in New York and the second highest attendance for a football game in the Dolphins' stadium in Miami, Chelsea also continued working within the local community.
The club has an on-going presence in America through our Super Club network, and the Chelsea Foundation coaches passed their expertise on to hundreds of youngsters in all four of the cities the club visited.
In October 2012, Gourlay was appointed to FIFA's Marketing Committee.
He has more than 30 years of experience in football having previously undertaken senior roles at Manchester United, where he was commercial director, and 15 years at Umbro, latterly as sales and operations director. In his youth he played the game at semi-professional level in his native Scotland.