Adam Pearson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people named Adam Pearson, see Adam Pearson (disambiguation).
Pearson in 2010

Adam Pearson (born 19 November 1964) is the owner of Hull F.C. rugby league club. He is the former chairman of English association football club Derby County. He was also the Head of Football Operations of Hull City.

Career[edit]

Born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Pearson left his position as Leeds United's commercial director in 2001 to purchase Hull City and take over as chairman.[1] At the time, Leeds were one of the country's most ambitious, big-spending Premier League clubs, while Hull were in administration and languishing at the bottom end of the Third Division of the Football League. But by the time Pearson left Hull in 2007, he had seen Hull promoted twice, moving up to the Championship.

Pearson was also Head of the Stadium Management Company, which operates the KC Stadium, the home of Hull City and rugby league side Hull. But on 11 June 2007 at 12:00 midday, it was announced at a press conference broadcast live on BBC Radio Humberside that Pearson had sold the club and the SMC to a consortium consisting of Paul Duffen, Russell Bartlett and Martin Walker. It was confirmed that Paul Duffen would take over as Chairman, but Pearson would remain on the board of directors to provide continuity.[2] However, on 31 July 2007 he resigned from the board, thus severing all ties with the club.[3]

Pearson had been linked with a bid for Leeds, following the club being put up for sale.[4] Though he did not bid, he indicated that he did want to own a football club again.[3] In October 2007 he tabled a takeover bid worth more than £3 million for Huddersfield Town, the club he had supported all his life, but it was rejected.[5]

On 29 October 2007 Pearson was named as the executive chairman of Derby County after buying the majority share holding from Peter Gadsby.[6] On 28 October 2009 Pearson resigned with "mutual consent" as chairman of Derby.[7] On 2 November 2009 it was announced by Hull that Pearson would be returning as chairman with immediate effect.[8]

Following Hull City's relegation from the Premier League in May 2010, amid widespread speculation regarding the financial viability of the club, there was once again restructing in the boardroom, with Adam Pearson stepping down from the role of Chairman to become Head of Football Operations, being succeeded as chairman by vice-chairman and club owner Russell Bartlett.[9]

It was announced on 22 July 2011 that Pearson had purchased the full shareholding of Hull F.C. rugby league club for an undisclosed price.[10]

On 1 May 2012, in a statement by Hull City owners Assem and Ehab Allam, it was confirmed that a consultancy agreement with Pearson had been terminated.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hull bounce back from the brink". BBC Sport. 12 March 2001. Retrieved 19 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "Statement from Adam Pearson". [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Pearson quits City board". Hull Daily Mail. 31 July 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Pearson set to make Leeds offer". BBC Sport. 8 July 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "Pearson opts to call off bid for Terriers". Yorkshire Post. 20 October 2001. Retrieved 24 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "Club statement from Derby County". Derby County F.C. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2007. 
  7. ^ "Derby chairman Pearson exits club". BBC Sport. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Club Statement". Hull City A.F.C. 2 November 2009. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Hull reshuffle board to deal with financial issues". BBC. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Hull City's Adam Pearson takes charge of Hull FC". BBC Sport (BBC). 22 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Official Statement". The Tigers Official Website (Hull City A.F.C.). 1 May 2012. Archived from the original on 7 May 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
Business positions
Preceded by
Nick Buchanan
Hull City A.F.C. chairman
2001–2007
Succeeded by
Paul Duffen
Preceded by
Peter Gadsby
Derby County F.C. chairman
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Tom Glick
Preceded by
Paul Duffen
Hull City A.F.C. chairman
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Russell Bartlett
Preceded by
New Position
Hull City A.F.C.
Head of Football Operations

2010–2012
Succeeded by
Vacant