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22 May 2017

Wigan Athletic to appoint Garry Cook as a non-executive director from June 1, 2017.

  • Garry Cook to be appointed non-executive director at Wigan Athletic.
  • Cook formerly worked at Nike, Manchester City and UFC.
  • ‘Garry adds expertise, energy and experience’ - David Sharpe.
Wigan Athletic are delighted to announce that Garry Cook is to be appointed as a non-executive director. 

He will assist in a part-time advisory capacity, helping the Board of Directors with strategic planning and long term objectives. 

Wigan Athletic Chairman David Sharpe said: “Garry will be an independent voice providing advice and management. He adds expertise and energy to the club as we enter the next stage in our history. We are looking forward to working with him and benefiting from his many years of experience in senior sports management.”

Cook has spent over 25 years in the Sports industry in senior strategic roles and was formally CEO of Manchester City, where he oversaw the transformation of the club between 2008 and 2011. Prior to that he spent 12 years at Nike in the USA and the Netherlands. Most recently he spent five years in the USA as part of the senior management team that developed and sold the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Cook said: “I was both honoured and delighted to be asked to be part of the team developing the next chapter for Wigan Athletic. Returning to the UK and football was a careful decision and had to include supporting a chairman with a high level of ambition and enthusiasm to build the club for future success.”

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