Perth Glory have appointed Peter Filopoulos as their new chief executive.
The former South Melbourne CEO, currently the chief commercial officer at Swimming Australia, has also held roles at AFL clubs Hawthorn and North Melbourne.
During his time at South in the 1990s, the club won back-to-back NSL championships in '98 and '99.
Currently overseas with his family, Filopoulos, 47, said he was excited by the Glory's potential.
"Perth Glory is a gem waiting to be polished," he said.
"It set the benchmark of what a football club should be during the NSL and now it’s time to get the Glory days back on and off the field, for the benefit of the game the members and the fans.
"I want to be part of a Perth Glory that leaves its mark in history for the right reasons, to create an environment where everyone is left scrambling for a ticket at the gate.
"But we also want to instil a set of values and a culture that resonates with the community. If we can do that, then we’ve won half the battle."
Michael Brown, who was the chairman of the selection committee, was also excited about what the future held.
“After reviewing the shortlist, Peter was our preferred candidate and I think it’s safe to say that from here on, it will be a Perth Glory you haven’t seen before, for all the right reasons," he said.
Filopoulos will head to Perth in mid-July before starting his tenure in early August.
— Peter Filopoulos (@peterfilopoulos) June 25, 2015
Glory chairman Tony Sage thanked the selection committee, which included club chief operating officer John Boardman and chief financial officer Melissa Chapman.
“It was an independent process where John, Melissa and Michael worked tirelessly for several weeks, before arriving at their recommendation. I had no involvement in the process and I trusted their judgement completely," he said.
“As for the appointment of Peter Filopoulos, I am very excited he’s joining our family in the west.
"We have direction, a structure and a vision to take us forward and I think Perth’s football community should be buoyed that we have acted swiftly to try to turn things around."
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