SIR TERRY JOINS BLUES - Exclusive
Bill Kenwright has revealed that Sir Terry Leahy, Chief Executive of Tesco and lifelong Evertonian, has been appointed as special advisor to Everton Football Club.
The Blues' Chairman makes the announcement just hours before the Club's 125th Annual General Meeting, which will take place in the Alex Young suite at Goodison Park.
Born in the Belle Vale district of Merseyside, Sir Terry has long been linked with a move to Everton but due to his other work commitments he will not be joining the Board of Directors.
Mr Kenwright told evertonfc.com: "Terry and I have been talking for some time as fellow Evertonians about ways in which he could assist in helping us take the Club forward.
"Whilst his other commitments will not permit him to join the Board, Sir Terry has agreed to offer advice to the football club in an unpaid advisory capacity. He anticipates attending around four meetings a year with the Club."
Sir Terry will form a close alliance with Everton's Chief Executive Keith Wyness who is anxious to tap into the knowledge of one of the most respected retailers in the world.
The duo will work in unison on new business initiatives and special projects as Wyness continues with his attempts to make Everton a more accessible and modern organisation.
"Sir Terry is widely acknowledged to be one of Europe's leading businessmen and, just as he is anxious to help the club he has always supported, we are anxious to utilise his expertise," said Wyness.
"In the months and years which lie ahead one of our primary objectives is to enhance, modify and expand our operation. Sir Terry is superbly qualified to offer guidance as we seek to realise our full potential."
Sir Terry joined Tesco in 1979 after graduating from the University of Manchester's Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).
Having entered the supermarket chain as a marketing executive, he was appointed to the Tesco Board of Directors in 1992, installed as CEO in 1997 and knighted five years later for services to food retailing.
Sir Terry said: "I am a lifelong Everton fan and I look forward to playing a small part in moving Everton forward."