Carlton President Mark LoGiudice has denied to confirm he offered Simon Lethlean the Blues CEO job.
It has been reported Lethlean, who has since taken up the role of football boss at St Kilda, was offered the then-vacant CEO position personally by LoGiudice, before the Carlton board disagreed with the offer.
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“I just don’t think it’s appropriate to talk about any particular candidate,” he told SEN’s Whatelety.
“There’s no doubt that when we reviewed the CEO position, we obviously made inquiries on who was available.
“I did personally encourage a number of candidates to get involved in the process to be the CEO of the Carlton Football Club.
“I’ll repeat myself. I did encourage a number of candidates to get involved in the process.
“Everyone knew we were going to run a process and we did run a through process.
“We were looking for a commercially ordinated CEO and we got one in Cain Liddle.
“I’m not going to discuss individual candidates. I’m not going to discuss individual candidates.
“I’m here to tell you we had a number of candidates and we chose the best candidate.”
It is also believed Kate Jenkins, the Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, was one of the key board members against the Lethlean hiring.
Jenkins will finish her tenure on the Blues’ board at the end of this month’s meeting.
“I reluctantly accepted her resignation because of her commitments as Sex Discrimination Commissioner of Australia,” LoGiudice said.
“She just felt, and the human rights commission felt, she didn’t have the time or couldn’t dedicate the time to the Carlton Football Club.”