Collingwood name interim co-presidents as search for McGuire’s replacement begins

Collingwood have named Mark Korda and Peter Murphy as interim co-presidents to replace Eddie McGuire while the club undertakes a search for a long-term successor to the long-serving McGuire.

The Magpies said in a statement on Thursday, after holding a board meeting on Wednesday, that former Australia Post chief executive and board member Christine Holgate would head up the search for candidates both internal and external.

“The board believes that there are a number of high quality internal candidates and wishes to consider external candidates for the vacancy. In replacing both the president and the casual vacancy role, the board wants time to determine what further professional expertise it wishes to bring to the board table,” the statement said.

The Magpies are also searching for a board member to replace the vacancy created by McGuire on what had been a seven-member board. The process is expected to take eight weeks.

The statement also addressed initial plans for implementing recommendations from the Do Better report, which said there had been “systemic racism” at the club.

“The implementation plan of the Do Better report findings was also addressed at Wednesday’s meeting. It was determined that the expert advisory panel recommended by the Do Better report will be established as a priority and report directly to the board,” the statement said.

“This work has already commenced and an announcement on the formation of the panel will be made next week.

“Further, the club will employ a strategic advisor to provide expert advice as the club begins to implement all the recommendations of the Do Better report across the organisation. This role will report directly to chief executive Mark Anderson. This appointment is also expected to be announced next week.”

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