Aston Villa name Arsenal's commercial officer Tom Fox as new chief executive

Aston Villa's US owner Randy Lerner looks on before the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and West Ham United at Villa Park, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, on August 14, 2010
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Aston Villa announce the appointment of Arsenal's commercial officer Tom Fox as the club's new chief executive.

Aston Villa have announced the arrival of Arsenal's commercial officer Tom Fox as the club's new chief executive.

Owner Randy Lerner, who put the club up for sale in May, is said to have flown into Birmingham from the USA this week to convince Fox to leave his role at the Emirates.

The appointment comes after Lerner brought in ex-Manchester United player Roy Keane to work alongside manager Paul Lambert in the dugout this season.

"I was delighted and even flattered by Tom's interest in the Villa job," the club's Twitter page quotes Lerner as saying. "Tom's achievements at Arsenal speak for themselves. Tom's reputation as a leader and team builder makes him, to my mind, a great fit to take our club forward."

Fox added: "The chance to work with Randy, Paul Lambert and Robin to help restore Aston Villa to its rightful place in the Premier League is a challenge I'm really energised by and greatly looking forward to."

American Fox, who spent five years at Arsenal, will replace Paul Faulkner, who left his role at the Midlands club last month.

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