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CEO Pourre departs A-League's Roar

  • CEO Pourre departs A-League's Roar

    BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 29: A tribulte to Australian Cricketer Phillip Hughes who recently lost his life. The crowd clapped at the 68 minute of the game during the round eight A-League match between Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Brisbane Roar fans have been assured the A-League club will continue to run smoothly despite the departure of the man who almost single-handedly guided them through their financial crisis last year.

Chief executive David Pourre has resigned from his role at the Roar to take up a new opportunity outside of the sports industry.

But Pourre will stay on as a member of a new advisory board and also help install a new CEO, chairman Rahim Soekasah said in an e-mail to members.

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Pourre was instrumental in keeping the club on an even keel while solving the Roar's huge financial and administrative problems, which had put the club on the brink of liquidation less than 12 months ago.

"He has specifically provided clear, honest and open communication to myself and the owner about all matters relating to the club," Soekasah said.

"Specifically, he invited the leaders within the FFA to gain access to all club related matters for the purposes of transparency and restoring our credibility with the games governing body.

"It was vital for me to ensure we kept David as part of our club because his efforts and commitment are highly valued."

Soekasah said Pourre would continue to assist the club's owners, Indonesian conglomerate the Bakrie Group, in communication with FFA and the other A-League club chairmen.

Pourre will be joined on the Roar's advisory board by former Matilda and London-based pundit and columnist Alicia Ferguson, and real estate executive Robert Cavallucci, with other appointments to be made in future.

The advisory board won't assume any responsibilities for the "fiscal and regulatory compliance" of the club, Soekasah said, which will remain the sole responsibility of owner Nirwan Bakrie.

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