Chief finance officer David Bence is added to Southampton's executive board, while director Hans Hofstetter departs

Katharina Liebherr

Katharina Liebherr

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Saints have added new chief financial officer David Bence to their executive board, while director Hans Hofstetter has departed the club.

As part of his role, Bence will be responsible for the club’s finance, IT, human resources and legal teams, while he will also be involved in growing the commercial side of the club.

He joins Les Reed and chief executive Gareth Rogers on the executive board.

Bence, who was appointed by the club earlier this year, has held senior positions at a number of leading brands, including Longleat Enterprises Limited, Merlin Entertainments PLC and Sodexo Sports and Leisure.

The club also confirmed that business lawyer Hofstetter has resigned from the board of the parent company, St Mary’s Football Group Limited.

A statement from Saints said: “Hans joined the board of the football club’s holding company during a transitional period in January 2014 to help stabilise the club and lend his experience in corporate governance.

“As expected, the club has gone on to progress significantly over the past seven months, and the executive board together with David will continue to build on this growth.”

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4:52pm Wed 6 Aug 14

saintbobby says...

No chance, I suppose, that he scores lots of goals! We would like that a lot.
No chance, I suppose, that he scores lots of goals! We would like that a lot. saintbobby
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5:07pm Wed 6 Aug 14

SAINTLY JIM says...

Has Hans Hofstetter been poached by Liverpool?!
Has Hans Hofstetter been poached by Liverpool?! SAINTLY JIM
  • Score: 7

5:30pm Wed 6 Aug 14

BarnetSaint says...

The commercial aspect certainly does need to grow. Quality and value for money are desperately needed across all aspects of the commercial infrastructure.
I forked out on a hospitality package for one match last year, very mediocre and expensive for what it was.
Poor meal.
The commercial aspect certainly does need to grow. Quality and value for money are desperately needed across all aspects of the commercial infrastructure. I forked out on a hospitality package for one match last year, very mediocre and expensive for what it was. Poor meal. BarnetSaint
  • Score: 3

6:37pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Jesus_02 says...

BarnetSaint wrote:
The commercial aspect certainly does need to grow. Quality and value for money are desperately needed across all aspects of the commercial infrastructure.
I forked out on a hospitality package for one match last year, very mediocre and expensive for what it was.
Poor meal.
I doubt value for money will be at the centre of the comercial development policy. More like raising the profile of our England players to shift more merchandise...oh...y
eah well maybe we can concentrate on improving saints ale!
[quote][p][bold]BarnetSaint[/bold] wrote: The commercial aspect certainly does need to grow. Quality and value for money are desperately needed across all aspects of the commercial infrastructure. I forked out on a hospitality package for one match last year, very mediocre and expensive for what it was. Poor meal.[/p][/quote]I doubt value for money will be at the centre of the comercial development policy. More like raising the profile of our England players to shift more merchandise...oh...y eah well maybe we can concentrate on improving saints ale! Jesus_02
  • Score: -1

6:37pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Jesus_02 says...

BarnetSaint wrote:
The commercial aspect certainly does need to grow. Quality and value for money are desperately needed across all aspects of the commercial infrastructure.
I forked out on a hospitality package for one match last year, very mediocre and expensive for what it was.
Poor meal.
I doubt value for money will be at the centre of the comercial development policy. More like raising the profile of our England players to shift more merchandise...oh...y
eah well maybe we can concentrate on improving saints ale!
[quote][p][bold]BarnetSaint[/bold] wrote: The commercial aspect certainly does need to grow. Quality and value for money are desperately needed across all aspects of the commercial infrastructure. I forked out on a hospitality package for one match last year, very mediocre and expensive for what it was. Poor meal.[/p][/quote]I doubt value for money will be at the centre of the comercial development policy. More like raising the profile of our England players to shift more merchandise...oh...y eah well maybe we can concentrate on improving saints ale! Jesus_02
  • Score: -1

11:02pm Wed 6 Aug 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

SAINTLY JIM wrote:
Has Hans Hofstetter been poached by Liverpool?!
No, just lightly toasted.
[quote][p][bold]SAINTLY JIM[/bold] wrote: Has Hans Hofstetter been poached by Liverpool?![/p][/quote]No, just lightly toasted. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 3

8:04am Thu 7 Aug 14

lastminmoran says...

ITS a strange ad-on in modern football that the board come and go like players,big suit,toothpaste smile...and some made to measure position in the company and don't forget to tell the world about your c.v. how i miss looking at George Reader come on the pitch and hand over the player of the year trophy,looking like your grandad and you new he looked like he had to be coaxed out of the boardroom to perform what must have been cringeworthy for him..i can recall hearing 'oh is that him?' poor bloke. now all these people are rammed down your throat. networking... humbug!
ITS a strange ad-on in modern football that the board come and go like players,big suit,toothpaste smile...and some made to measure position in the company and don't forget to tell the world about your c.v. how i miss looking at George Reader come on the pitch and hand over the player of the year trophy,looking like your grandad and you new he looked like he had to be coaxed out of the boardroom to perform what must have been cringeworthy for him..i can recall hearing 'oh is that him?' poor bloke. now all these people are rammed down your throat. networking... humbug! lastminmoran
  • Score: 0

8:13am Thu 7 Aug 14

Dan Howard says...

It was Hans Hofstetter that talked about the 'serious financial situation' and in retrospect that could be seen a very damaging piece of de-stabilisation...p
articularly as it wasn't accurate....not if you actually read the Annual Report and Accounts.

Arguably ears pricked up all over Europe at that one and probably helped cause the slide.

Lets hope this Board Member has more discretion.
It was Hans Hofstetter that talked about the 'serious financial situation' and in retrospect that could be seen a very damaging piece of de-stabilisation...p articularly as it wasn't accurate....not if you actually read the Annual Report and Accounts. Arguably ears pricked up all over Europe at that one and probably helped cause the slide. Lets hope this Board Member has more discretion. Dan Howard
  • Score: 1

9:16am Thu 7 Aug 14

Alicesdad says...

I have never heard of him, even before I met him I never heard of him, you are married to him compared to how much Ive heard about him.
I have never heard of him, even before I met him I never heard of him, you are married to him compared to how much Ive heard about him. Alicesdad
  • Score: 0

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