John McClelland (businessman)

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John Ferguson McClelland, CBE, FRSE, FRSA (born in 1945 Glasgow) is a Scottish businessman and a former chairman of Rangers F.C..


McClelland spent 35 years in the international electronics industry holding senior board level positions at a number of the sector’s leading corporations and gaining wide experience of business operations in all geographies.

At IBM he was Vice President of Worldwide Operations for its personal computer company before joining Digital Equipment Corporation in 1995 where he was the Senior Vice President responsible for all of Digital’s worldwide operational activities.

Following an appointment to the Board of Philips Consumer Electronics as Global Chief Industrial Officer he joined 3Com Corporation where he was a corporate officer and latterly President of its Business Networks Company.

He is Chairman of the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council and former Chairman of the CBI’s Technology and Innovation Committee.

During his career he developed extensive experience and a passionate interest in procurement and supply chain operations and gained recognition as a leading practitioner in this field.

In 2006 he conducted a review of public sector procurement in Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. This review formed the basis of an ongoing major reform of public procurement in Scotland.

He has also assisted the Welsh Assembly Government in pursuing improvements in public procurement structures and practices as Chairman of NQC Limited and is involved in a number of procurement strategy and related projects across the UK.


McClelland was appointed a director at Rangers Football Club in October 2000 and was appointed as vice chair in November 2001. He was chairman of the club between 2002 and 2004.[1]

In July 2008, McClelland assumed the role of vice chair of the European Club Association, along with Joan Laporta of FC Barcelona and Umberto Gandini of AC Milan.[2]

On 17 October 2011, McClelland and John Greig resigned from their posts as non-executive directors at Ibrox.[1] The duo said they had been isolated following the takeover of Rangers by Craig Whyte in May.[1]

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In 1994 he was awarded a CBE for services to industry and education. He was Vice President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2009-2012) and is a Companion of the Institute of Management.


  1. ^ a b c "Rangers directors John Greig and John McClelland step down". BBC Sport (BBC). 17 October 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  2. ^ McClelland takes role at body for Europe's clubs The Scotsman (14 July 2008)

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