Exeter City chairman Edward Chorlton has welcomed the appointment of David Lee as a director, saying he will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the club.
Lee was appointed to the club’s board of directors, in an unpaid role, last Friday having recently retired as a chief executive of the Ringway/Eurovia Group.
Chorlton said a number of the board of directors, made up of seven members, were aware of Lee’s business knowledge and were keen to ask for his help when they learnt he was retiring.
“The board is always looking to see how it can strengthen itself,” said Chorlton.
“So, with David retiring from most of his business and with his background, he seemed to be an ideal candidate.
“David lives in Exeter, he attends games regularly at St James’s Park. He is a Trust member, he has hired boxes, sponsored players’ kit and a match ball at one point as well.
“So therefore he is a keen supporter, but he is also a very, very experienced businessman in senior management.
“He used to be the chief executive of Ringway, which I think was a half billion pound operation when he was there, so he has got a lot of business experience and that is the kind of things that can really help us.”
Lee started originally worked for Colas Rail, before being head hunted by Ringway - a civil engineering and highway maintenance business.
This company was then bought out by Eurovia, where Lee continued as a chief executive.
“He has a lot of ability in terms of financial planning and cost management, so he seemed the ideal candidate,” added Chortlon.
“He is a board member not an employee, so he won’t be there on a day-to-day basis, but I’m sure he’ll be there a few days each month working with the staff and working on various aspects, bringing his knowledge and his expertise to the club.”