GOLD Coast Suns Chief Executive, Travis Auld, has resigned from his role to reportedly join the AFL leadership team.
The former Essendon executive is expected to take centre stage in the new Gillon McLachlan administration..
Gold Coast SUNS Chairman John Witheriff has confirmed he has accepted his resignation.
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“Travis Auld has tendered his resignation as Chief Executive of the Gold Coast SUNS, and will leave the club at the end of the season.”
Mr Witheriff paid tribute to Mr Auld’s contribution and leadership during the all important establishment of the Gold Coast SUNS.
“Travis has made an extraordinary contribution and played a significant role in the establishment and development of our football club over a five year period.
“He has been a great leader of our club and is well liked by his colleagues, our board, sponsors, and supporters.
“From a personal perspective, I have found Travis to be a man of great character. I’m proud to call him a friend and he goes with my very best wishes,” Mr Witheriff said.
“I’ve been asked about his achievements. Frankly they are too numerous to list. The easy answer is to look at the Gold Coast SUNS now. When Travis joined, we had no name, no jumper, and a handful of players and staff. He has much to be proud of” Mr Witheriff said.
Mr Witheriff confirmed that the process to find a new Chief Executive had already commenced, and highlighted his faith in the current club executive team.
“The matter of finding a new Chief Executive is underway, and in the near future the board will engage an employment consultant to identify candidates for the role.
Auld is expected to remain with the Suns until the end of the season before taking charge of a new portfolio involving stadiums, clubs and fans.