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Ashton named Championship CEO of the Year

Mark Ashton has been named Championship Chief Executive Officer of the Year by the Football Business Awards.

And Ashton has also been shortlisted for the overall award for the top four English leagues and Scottish Premier League, which celebrate club leadership throughout the 2018/19 season.

The other finalists for this year’s awards, sponsored by Reznor, are Peter Moore (Liverpool FC), Gary Sweet (Luton Town), Carolyn Radford (Mansfield Town) and Alan Burrows (Motherwell).

Each winner will receive their award at a ceremony on November 28th in London before the overall winner is announced on the night.

Recognising the valuable contribution of the game’s executives in the UK has seen fcbusiness present the CEO of the Year Award each year since 2012, with winners including Ian Ayre (Liverpool), David Baldwin (Burnley FC), Daniel Levy (Tottenham Hotspur), Ivan Gazidis (Arsenal), Karren Brady (West Ham United), Mark Catlin, (Portsmouth) and Tony Scholes (Stoke City).

Speaking of the nominations, fcbusiness Editor and Football Business Awards judge, Aaron Gourley, said: “This year’s CEO of the Year sponsored by Reznor represents the very best in football business. The five divisional winners are without doubt the best in their leagues and have shown outstanding leadership over the course of the 2018/19 season.

“The pressure on football clubs each year to improve both on and off the pitch calls for leadership of the highest level and these five nominees represent that. The CEO of the Year award is one of the most prized in football and through their hard work and dedication each of the nominees has led their respective clubs to achieve outstanding performances both on and off the pitch.”

Simon Burton, founder of the Football Business Awards, added: “Football clubs aren’t just businesses - they are global brands and community assets. It takes a special type of leadership to steer them and we are delighted to celebrate these wonderful CEO’s at the Football Business Awards.”