THE Kardinia Park Stadium Trust is on the lookout for a new chief executive officer, following Michael Brown’s announcement he would step away from the job in February next year.
Mr Brown, who joined the trust as chief executive officer in 2015, is leaving the role to devote more time to his elderly parents.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Kardinia Park and I am extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve,” he said.
“Like many people, I find myself at a stage in my life where our ageing parents are requiring more support and more of my time and now is the right time to give back to them. While I continue to have the passion for the role of chief executive, I must balance that with the needs of my family.
“I will continue to assist the stadium during the recruitment for my successor and I am looking forward to working with them closely through this process.
“I would like to thank the chair of the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust, Michael Malouf, and my staff and colleagues for their support and friendship, especially during the most recent times as I balanced work and family needs.
“I am happy with what we have achieved during my tenure. We have attracted more international events to the stadium and have become a strong community partner.”
Mr Malouf said he accepted Mr Brown’s decision “with great sadness and respect”.
“Michael has been responsible for driving incredible results for the stadium.
“He has attracted new and varied sport events, including Big Bash, Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Victory and the expansion into AFLW.”
He said the precinct had enjoyed the economic and social benefits of increased community events under Mr Brown’s leadership such as the recent Festival of Sport, and stronger relationships with the Geelong Football Club.
“The trust acknowledges this is a great loss for our business, however, family must always come first and we understand and respect Michael’s decision.”