Geelong Football Club president Craig Drummond has thanked out-going CEO Brian Cook for his 23 years service to the club.

Cook advised the club today that he has accepted the CEO role at Carlton Football Club.

“The club has enjoyed an incredible period of success under Brian’s stewardship, both on and off the field,” Drummond said.

“Since Brian joined the club, we have seen our greatest period of sustained on-field success, an almost complete rebuild of GMHBA Stadium, massive reduction of debt, a significantly enhanced positive impact on the community, record membership and the introduction of our women’s football program.

“Brian is the longest serving CEO in the history of the game, and he loves a challenge. He is excited about taking the reins at Carlton and we wish him well in that role. 

“The club is vastly different to the one he walked into all those years ago, and we can never properly thank him for all he has done during his tenure. 

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Jack Henry of the Cats celebrates with Brian Cook during the 2020 AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the Brisbane Lions and the Geelong Cats at The Gabba on October 17, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

“The past 20 years have ensured the long term future of the Geelong Football Club, with Brian playing a huge part in that. When he arrived the stadium was crumbling, the club had crippling debt and there had not been a premiership since 1963. 

“Every major goal has been met and the club can move forward with a sound base in football, business and the community.

“Steve Hocking has been appointed and is ready to take on the CEO role with us in the coming weeks. We are excited by the vision and energy that Steve will bring to the role and we look forward to an exciting future.”