Who is Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham leaving £1.9 billion club next summer?

Arsenal Football Club have not had a Champions League experience in at least six years, and it’s been roughly two decades since they won the Premier League. But Vinai Venkatesham has been an Arsenal faithful through thick and thin.

In his 14 years at the Club, Vinai Venkatesham has held various roles within Arsenal FC, including managing director and chief commercial officer positions. In 2020, he assumed the role of chief executive, overseeing the club’s operations and management.

Who is Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham?

Vinaichandra Guduguntla Venkatesham, often referred to as Vinai Venkatesham, is a British-Indian football administrator who assumed the role of Chief Executive at Arsenal Football Club in 2020.

Venkatesham has worked at Arsenal FC since 2010. In his 13 years of being part of Arsenal’s football administration, he has held several roles; one of which was Arsenal’s Chief Commercial Officer. And when the time came, he earned the managerial role at Arsenal, replacing the outgoing Ivan Gazidis.

Vinai Venkatesham

Before joining Arsenal Football Club, Vinai Venkatesham was involved in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Besides, he currently holds a position as a non-executive director within the British Olympic Association. Now, he bows out as a legend of the club after 14 years of service at Arsenal FC.

Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham set to leave the club next summer

Vinai Venkatesham has been at Arsenal, in one capacity or the other, for 14 years. He has undoubtedly seen Arsenal’s glorious and grey days. One of his greatest achievements would be seeing Arsenal return to the Champions League after their long absence.

Furthermore, It’s been nearly two decades, specifically 19 years, since Arsenal last clinched the Premier League title. However, they have recently emerged as the primary contender to Manchester City’s dominance under the management of head coach Mikel Arteta.

As his tenure as CEO comes to an end next summer, Vinai Venkatesham expressed that it is difficult for him to leave the club after so many years. “This was a tough decision, but it is time to pursue another challenge,” he told the Arsenal club website.

“Now is not the time for goodbyes as I remain focused until my last day and supporting a seamless transition.”

Also reacting heartily to the news, Arsenal’s co-chair, Josh Kroenke, expressed his good wishes as he bids Vinai farewell, “Whilst it is business as usual with everyone focused on the season ahead, we’d like to take this moment to thank him for his contribution and long service.”

“Vinai will always be part of the Arsenal family and always welcome back at Emirates Stadium.”, he added.

“Change and succession is something the club is well prepared for. The board remains committed to our strategy and will address leadership change as we continue to drive the club forward.”

The Arsenal chief executive has set the pace for the much-needed transition of the team to greater heights, and Arsenal FC will greatly miss him.


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