Ajax’s Board, together with management, has decided to implement some changes. Marketing Director Edwin van der Sar will receive an updated portfolio. The Advisory Board further has the intention to appoint Dolf Collee as a statutory director and CEO.
Edwin van der Sar’s responsibilities will change as of today. In addition to managing external relations, he will also take on the role of chairman of the technical heart. The Advisory Board also intends to appoint the record-holding Dutch international, in accordance with the current valid procedure, as statutory director immediately following the Shareholders’ General Meeting on November 13, 2015. The intention is that Van der Sar will take on the role of CEO after one year.
The Advisory Board also intends to appoint Dolf Collee, in accordance with the current valid procedure, as statutory director and CEO effective immediately after the Shareholders’ General Meeting on November 13, 2015. The appointment is foreseen to be valid for one year. Collee steps down, effective immediately, as member of the supervisory board of Ajax.
Marc Overmars will focus completely on the management of Ajax’s transfer policy, and the player contracts. His title will be Director of player policy. Van der Sar, as director of the technical heart, will take over the remaining football affairs responsibilities. Ajax’s technical heart further consists of Wim Jonk, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars and Frank de Boer.
As of today, Collee and Van der Sar, in anticipation of the intended appointments, will already focus on the areas of interest that they will take responsibility for, as is expected, per November 13, in their roles of statutory directors.
Board chairman Hans Wijers explains the changes further: “At the start of June, we asked Tshen la Ling to map out the situation concerning the technical heart for us, and to provide us with recommendations. He has completed these tasks and has recently presented us with the results. Partly based on this, we’ve effected the aforementioned changes. We’re very grateful to Mr. Ling for his efforts and are very pleased that he will remain available to consult for and advise the Board.”
“We are assuming that under Edwin van der Sar’s leadership, the members of the technical heart will work on creating binding and transparent agreements concerning the tasks, responsibilities, authority and internal communication. In this, Mr. Ling’s key observations will be taken into account.”
“Dolf Collee will bring his extensive experience as a director to the management team. As he has been in the Advisory Board since 2012, as has been a member of the strategic commission since the start of June, he has been present at Ajax more frequently as is thus familiar with the club’s inner workings. Mr. Collee does not intend to stay on past the Shareholders’ General Meeting at the end of 2016, after which Edwin van der Sar will be appointed as CEO of this club.”
“Through the aforementioned changes, we as the Board have complete faith in the steps that Ajax will take in the next few years, both on and off the field. For now, it is critical that all of the involved parties now continue their work with Ajax in a positive, constructive manner. Any other approach will no longer be acceptable.”
Management member Edwin van der Sar adds: “In the past few years, I haven’t formally involved myself much, or at all, with the football part of our organization. That will change now and that is in line with my ambition to become Ajax’s CEO. It is good that the Board has presented a solution in which all of the involved parties remain in the club. It’s our aim to ensure, together, that we can put any problems behind us.”