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Wednesday 12 March 2014

Southampton appoint Krueger as new chairman

Former coach of Olympic-winning Canada ice hockey team joins strengthened board

Ralph Krueger has joined Southampton after leading Canada to Olympic gold in ice hockey

Southampton have named Ralph Krueger as their new chairman. Krueger, 55, has just returned from his fourth Winter Olympics, where he helped to lead Canada to the gold medal in ice hockey.

As well as Krueger's appointment, Southampton have also added Hans Hofstetter, a business lawyer, and Gareth Rogers, the interim chief executive officer, to the board of the club's holding company.

"It is clear there is a positive soul throughout the club, both at St Mary's and the training ground"
Ralph Krueger

"Ralph has an impressive background in major league sport at all levels, it is his experience as an expert in leadership, motivation and team-building that makes him ideally suited for this important position in the Saints organisation," said the club owner Katharina Liebherr, who will remain on the board. "He has been a leading adviser and coach to senior management in large international corporations for the past 20 years."

Krueger said he was honoured at becoming the club chairman at St Mary's Stadium.

"I have had the opportunity to meet with a large percentage of the staff at Southampton and it is clear there is a positive soul throughout the club, both at St Mary's and the training ground," he said. "We will build on that soul by creating platforms of open communication both inside with the staff and outside with our fan base.

"Although there is a solid foundation in place, the club still has tremendous untapped commercial potential. We will continue to nurture 'The Southampton Way' by reaching for consistent growth in all departments to ultimately build a culture that allows Southampton to remain healthy and sustainable in the future."

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