West Ham today announced Angus Kinnear as the man to oversee the club’s move to the Olympic Stadium.
Kinnear joins the club as a Managing Director and will be responsible for West Ham’s current and future commercial and sponsorship operations related with the move to Stratford, officially starting his new role in January.
He spent nine years with Arsenal and played a big part in the Gunners’ move to the Emirates Stadium, which has since proved to be a huge success.
Kinnear told whufc.com: “I am thrilled to be joining West Ham United. Opportunities to help lead a world-famous club into an iconic new home do not come around often, so it was a challenge that was too good to turn down.
“I would like to thank everyone at Arsenal Football Club for the tremendous nine years I spent there. I know the experience I have gained working on the move to the Emirates Stadium and the subsequent change in Arsenal’s commercial performance will be vital to me succeeding in my new role in East London.”
And Vice-Chairman Karren Brady was understandably pleased to have secured the services of someone who knows exactly what it takes for a Premier League club to enjoy a successful move to a new home.
“I am delighted to welcome Angus to West Ham United at an incredibly exciting time for the club,” she said.
“Angus’ experience, having played an instrumental role in Arsenal’s highly successful move to the Emirates Stadium, will be an invaluable addition as we prepare for the challenge of moving over a hundred years of history and tradition to the iconic Olympic Stadium to help achieve our footballing ambitions.
“His primary task will will be making sure we seek out and maximise the new commercial opportunities provided by playing in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The fact we were able to secure the services of someone so highly regarded is testament to the direction the club is heading.”