Essendon appoints corporate counsel to CEO post
The Essendon Football Club has appointed one of its former corporate counsel as its new chief executive officer.
Effective 16 January, Craig Vozzo will become CEO of the Essendon Football Club.
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Mr Vozzo has worked in the space extensively following time in private practice early on in his career — most recently, he held both on and off-field roles at the West Coast Eagles.
In 2013, he was appointed general manager of football before transitioning into the club’s senior corporate counsel in 2021.
Essendon president Dave Barham said he was delighted Mr Vozzo had accepted the CEO role.
“Craig is a terrific person who understands what’s required to build a strong and successful football club,’’ Mr Barham said.
“His experience in delivering football results and driving a high-performance environment was a key factor in his appointment as our next CEO.
“He is a well-rounded individual with diverse experience and background. He has strong personal values and a track record in leading and developing people to achieve strategic goals.”
Mr Barham noted that Mr Vozzo’s track record is second to none.
“The external review stated we need to focus more on our core business of football, and with Craig, we have someone with proven results in that area,” he said.
“He is a well-respected person within the AFL industry and has impressed with his ability to lead and develop people to be at their best.
“We look forward to Craig starting with us in the new year for what is an exciting time for the Essendon Football Club.”
Commenting on his new role, Mr Vozzo said: “I am incredibly honoured to be given this opportunity to join the Essendon Football Club. This club has a rich and proud history, and I feel privileged to be able to lead us into what is a very exciting future for the club.
“I look forward to building relationships across the club and working closely with the board, Brad Scott and the executive team.”