Fremantle’s chief operating officer Gary Walton is to leave the club after 10 years following his appointment as chief executive officer of the WA Football Commission.

Fremantle CEO Steve Rosich said today that the WAFC had appointed an outstanding candidate to fill the vacancy created by the departure last year of the commission’s former CEO Wayne Bradshaw.

“Gary possesses the personal and professional attributes to perform at the highest level in what is a very important role for WA football,” Rosich said.

“We are also very pleased that the WAFC has selected such a capable individual with extensive experience in the industry.”

A chartered accountant with more than 25 years experience in the corporate sector managing the finance and administration of several public companies, Walton joined the club in February 2002.

Walton was initially responsible for finance and administration. In mid-2008 his responsibilities moved to strategy and special projects. For the past two years Walton’s core responsibilities have been to drive the club’s involvement in the new Perth stadium project and plans to develop a state-of-the-art training and administration facility for the club.

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