It may not be the best news for the club to receive ahead of this week’s game but it is news that they will have to deal with, as Gold Coast Titans CEO David May has made the decision to step aside from the role, citing personal reasons.
May, who has been in the top job at the Gold Coast club for less than a year, tendered his resignation effective immediately yesterday, with personal issues forcing him to make a move back to the UK.
“It’s been a tremendously difficult decision but I have a number of personal issues I need to deal with, here and at home in the UK, over the next few months,” May said.
“This will prevent me from being able to fulfil my obligations as CEO of the Titans. It’s been a dramatic 12 months but I am tremendously proud of my work at the Titans.”
With his resignation, club co-owner Daryl Kelly will assume the role of CEO on an interim basis, until a replacement is found.
Despite his brief stint as Titans CEO, May is pleased with the work he has done and the things he has achieved whilst in charge of the club and he is disappointed to leave the club.
“I am enormously proud that we have eradicated the debt and the club is … operating at a profit.
“I’m proud of the way the administration and playing staff stayed so loyal to the club and I’m enjoying seeing the results of that in record Buy Valium member numbers and outstanding performances on the field.
“I am sad to be moving on and will always remember the friends I have made at the Titans. The staff, members, supporters, sponsors and players have all been wonderful and the Gold Coast has welcomed me with open arms.
“I would also like to thank the chairman and board for their support of me and the club, during the great highs and lows of the last 12 months and for being so supportive of me.”
Kelly, who is an investor at the club and also the Chairman, said May played a crucial role in resurrecting the Titans when they needed it.
“David has worked tirelessly to help the club emerge from the dark days of last year and to step forward as a stronger club,” he said.
“The board wants to place on the public record our gratitude for everything he has done behind the scenes to help us get to a position where we have been able to put the past behind us and build a better future for the Gold Coast Titans.
“We have achieved a remarkable turnaround in the last 12 months and the board congratulates David for his very significant part in that success.
“It’s with great regret that we have accepted David’s resignation and thank him for all his efforts on behalf of the club.
“David is a great loss to the club, but I’m sure all our members and supporters will remember David’s highly positive legacy very fondly.”