Arsenal have targeted Celtic’s chief executive Peter Lawwell for the vacant CEO role at the Emirates Stadium, and it appears that he’s the current favourite to replace already-departed Keith Edelman according to The Daily Telegraph.
Edelman had held the job since 2000 and was instrumental in steering the club through its move from its old home Highbury to its new Emirates Stadium at Ashburton Grove.
Lawwell, 49, will find out in the next fortnight if he has been selected from the two-man shortlist ahead of Paul Donovan, Vodafone’s chief executive for central Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Having substantially lifted Celtic’s turnover during his spell at Parkhead, his CV appears well suited to Arsenal.
His background is as an accountant and finance director, having had a spell in the property-development business on the Clydeport authority, fitting in with many of the core skills Arsenal require of their new broom.
On the other hand, you have Donovan whoover 15 years experience in the telecommunications and I.T industries and has worked for businesses such as Mars Group, BT, Coca-Cola, and Apple Computing.
The Arsenal board engaged headhunters firm Spencer Stuart to deliver a £1m-a-year chief executive – a decision is expected in the next week or so.