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New Charlton Athletic owners reveal list of major shareholders and structure of their senior management team

Charlton Athletic’s new owners say they intend to deliver “actions rather than words or grand promises”.

Global Football Partners, who took control of SE7 Partners at the start of June, completed their takeover of the League One club today – ending the reign of US-based Dane Thomas Sandgaard.

GFP released a statement this evening. It said: “GFP, which has made the acquisition via its UK subsidiary SE7 Partners, is made up of seven
shareholders with five per cent each (detailed below). Those shareholders will sit on GFP’s board of directors, along with finance director Ed Warrick and technical adviser Simon Lenagan.

“GFP also has a small number of shareholders whose holdings are less than five per cent each.

Former Sunderland part-owner Charlie Methven led SE7 Partners’ push to acquire Charlton.

Charlie Methven at The Valley last season
Picture: Paul Edwards

Speaking on behalf of GFP, Methven said: “We would like to thank Thomas Sandgaard, Peter Storrie and the club staff for their cooperation during the acquisition process. As an ownership group, my fellow shareholders and I are excited to begin this new chapter at Charlton whilst being respectful of the scale of the task that faces our management team in restoring the fortunes of this great club.

“Getting to this point has been a long road that has left Charlton’s loyal fans uncertain about the future direction of their club. We intend to bring that uncertainty to an end through actions rather than words or grand promises.

“However, we do want to place on record at this point that GFP’s ambition is to build a football club noted for its professionalism, integrity and intense focus on success. To that end, we are appointing and empowering a senior management team (SMT) that we believe has the relevant experiences and energy to drive the club forward.”

Jim Rodwell will be managing director with Ed Warrick group finance director.

Jim Rodwell    Picture: Paul Edwards

A technical director and a director of performance will be announced shortly,

Steve Sutherland returns to the club as interim commercial manager.

The Charlton board, chaired for the 2023-2024 season by Rodwell, will comprise the SMT along with two nonexecutive directors, former Charlton player Paul Elliott and GFP investor Gavin Carter, a lifelong Charlton fan.

The latter two board appointments are subject to EFL approval.

Rodwell said: “The hard work begins now. The brief given by the ownership group to the senior management team is clear: to bring our experience to bear in pursuit of incremental and continual improvement throughout every aspect of the club. We recognize that this process will at times be
challenging, and that progress will not always be linear, but we will always operate with the best interests of the club in mind.

“Charlton Athletic is famed within football for what it has achieved when united in purpose our objective is to do what needs to be done to regain that spirit of togetherness and move forward together.”

Former Charlton Athletic player Paul Elliott

Global Football Partners have announced the shareholder with five per cent or more. They are:

Gabriel Brener + family
Private investor and former majority shareholder of a Major League Soccer team

Joshua Friedman + family
CoFounder, CoChairman and CoChief Executive Officer of Canyon Partners, LLC, a leading global
alternative asset management firm

Warren Rosenfeld + family
Owner of major US Recycling firm Calbag Metals

ACA Football Partners (acafp.com)
Singaporebased group that invests in football with a focus on building a foundation for sustainable
growth

Munir Javeri
Founder of Connecticutbased investment firm Sahana Capital

Marc Boyan
CEO Miroma Group (global marketing, media and content company) and Miroma Ventures

Charlie Methven
Sports and leisure industry entrepreneur and adviser

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One thought on “New Charlton Athletic owners reveal list of major shareholders and structure of their senior management team

  • Steve Sutherland is a brilliant appointment 👍👍👍

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