NUFC have named Simon Capper as their new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Capper moves from his former post as Finance Director at Leicester City Football Club, boasting a 16-year-long record of fostering business operations and organisational growth within football.
His previously had a stint as Finance Director at Sheffield United from 2007 to 2010 before he joined the Foxes, where he spent nearly 12 years. At the King Power Stadium, Capper played a key role in the club's development, contributing to a revenue increase of £180 million, which coincided with Leicester's astonishing Premier League title win in 2015/16.
Speaking to NUFC.co.uk, Capper expressed his delight at joining Newcastle, praising the club's drive to challenge the existing order in football and to establish a sustainable, top-ranking Premier League and European club. He also shared his excitement about returning to the north of England, recognising the warm and passionate community that he'll once again be a part of in the North East.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he studied Geography at Southampton University before starting his finance career with Touche Ross & Co (now Deloitte) in London. He later spent a decade in Zambia, initially with Deloitte, before managing the Arthur Andersen practice across East and Southern Africa for seven years.
Commenting on the new appointment, Darren Eales, Newcastle CEO, commended Capper's extensive experience and leadership in the football industry. He confirmed the new CFO would be vital in the club's senior management structure, overseeing financial operations as Newcastle United pursue commercial growth to ensure future success.
Here are Capper's quotes in full:
"This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a team that is committed to excellence in all areas.
"Newcastle United is challenging football's status quo and has embarked on an exciting journey to build a sustainable, leading, Premier League and European club.
"Moving back to the north of England - where I have previously lived - has also been a major influence. People in the North East are friendly and passionate, and this is a hugely exciting city and club to be part of.
"I am already enjoying working with and getting to know the club’s hugely talented staff and look forward to our journey together."
And all of Eales' comments:
"I'm delighted to welcome Simon to Newcastle United.
"He is an extremely talented and experienced finance professional and has a fantastic track record in leadership roles in the football industry.
"Simon will be an integral part of the club's senior management structure and will oversee our finance operations as we press ahead with the commercial growth that will drive and sustain our future successes."