Town to unveil new chief executive

SIMON Clegg will today be unveiled as the new chief executive at Ipswich Town.

Derek Davis

SIMON Clegg will today be unveiled as the new chief executive at Ipswich Town.

The former British Olympic Association high ranker will replace Derek Bowden who will leave next month.

I exclusively revealed on February 20 that Clegg would be taking over from Bowden who confirmed he is leaving Portman Road a fortnight ago.

I can now confirm that Clegg, who recently moved into a house in East Anglia from Surrey, will start work at Ipswich Town today, on a salary believed to be in the region of �250,000 a year.

The 49-year-old will work with Bowden over the next couple of weeks before the latter hands over his duties to the former Army officer.

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Clegg will take over all the operational duties at Portman Road as he looks to help the Marcus Evans Group continue to develop the football club on and off the pitch.

It is expected that Clegg will this morning outline his vision and the strategic plan of owner Marcus Evans.

It is unlikely that any decision about manager Jim Magilton's future will be made for a couple of weeks or so.

A logistical expert Clegg was chef de mission (basically the team leader) for the British Olympic team six times and has overseen a total of 12 Olympic Games in various roles. He was the BOA CEO at the Beijing Games when Britain won an unprecedented 47 medals, 19 gold, 13 silver and 15 bronze, to finish fourth in the medal table. Despite being asked to stay on as the chef de mission for the London Games in 2012, Clegg left the BOA last December, although the final details of his departure package have only recently been settled, after 11 years in the role.

He left after months of speculation about his role following BOA chairman Lord Moynihan's decision to appoint a new CEO with Andy Hunt moving into the post.

A personal friend of Marcus Evans, the pair have a mutual love of skiing. Clegg is married to Hilary and has two children, Lucy and Toby.

Clegg is down as a listed supporter of SnOasis, the winter sports complex which is set to be built in Suffolk.

Educated at Stowe and Sandhurst, Clegg ended his Army career as a major after rising through the ranks from a private. As a member of the 7th Parachute Regiment and UK's rapid reaction force, Clegg missed out on competing in the Sarajevo Winter Olympics due to operational requirements.

He was awarded an MBE in 2006 as part of the successful 2012 London Olympics bidding team.

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