PARRAMATTA Leagues Club Interim CEO Chris Dimou has won the coveted role of permanent CEO after a rigorous search by the PLC Board.
His appointment followed an extensive six-month appraisal of candidates by the seven member board led by PLC President Greg Monaghan.
The Board members include Darren Adam, Sue Coleman, Joy Cusack, Richard Foda, Mark Jenkins and Phil Sim.
Mr Monaghan announced the appointment to members on Friday, August 27.
“Chris’s extensive industry experience and his recent role as interim CEO made him the best candidate to lead our Club into the future,” Mr Monaghan said.
“Importantly, Chris has a very strong commitment to our Members and will drive our shared Vision of maximizing our experiences for Members and the community we live in.”
Mr Dimou has 20 years’ experience in the club industry with the plum role of CEO at the Eels as the highlight.
“Chris has displayed a great passion for Parramatta Leagues Club,” Mr Monaghan said.
“In his recent role, Chris made major contributions to key initiatives at the PLC including the multi-million-dollar development of the carpark, the refresh of the Vikings Club and implementation of our COVID safe plans which saw the Club as an industry leader in its response to COVID-19.”
Mr Dimou said it was an honor to be named CEO of “our great Club” and to have the support of the board.
“Like everyone else, we have certainly felt the effects of the global pandemic and while the last few months have been challenging, our Club can play major role in the recovery of our region both economically and socially,” he said.
“The strategic plan developed last year is a great launchpad for our Club and I am excited to lead our team in rolling those initiatives out starting with the exciting new Eels Lane bar and grill next year. Even though the Club is closed, we are still working hard to make these plans a reality.
“I am also looking forward to working closely with the Eels and supporting them as they continue to grow”, he said.
Mr Monaghan said the Club was eagerly awaiting the chance to welcome patrons back.
“At this time, we do not know when we will be able to open the doors of Parra Leagues and Vikings, although as vaccination levels in the community rise, that day is most certainly getting closer,” he said.
“All indications from Government are that vaccinated staff and patrons will have fewer restrictions.
“We encourage members to follow State Government and medical advice regarding restrictions and vaccinations so that we can re-open as soon as possible,” Mr Monaghan said.
See next edition of the Parramatta Times for our interview with Chris Dimou.