Melbourne Chairman Glen Bartlett says Gary Pert was the standout candidate in the club’s search for a new CEO.
Pert was appointed by the Demons late last week and will replace departing CEO Peter Jackson, in a move that shocked the football community.
However, Bartlett explained the process behind the hiring of Pert and is confident the club has made the correct decision.
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“I really thank our board that worked very hard for a number of months on this, and when Peter announced a couple months ago he was stepping down, the process stepped up,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“We had a very strong and exceptional field of candidates. We worked with Russell Reynolds, had a number of rounds of interviews, and got down to a shortlist of five.
“Gary was the absolute standout, particularly when we looked at what’s in front of us, commercially exiting gaming, facilities, building the commercial club.
“Gary had a very strong record of what he had done at Collingwood in that space and was the absolute standout.
“It’s exciting for the club and I think it caught people by surprise because we have a strong board that doesn’t leak.
“In the end, it was an easy decision because he was a standout candidate and I’m really looking forward to personally working with Gary and taking Melbourne into the next phase.”
Listen to Glen Bartlett’s chat with Sam Edmund, Tim Watson and Bob Murphy on SEN Breakfast in the player below