Collingwood have announced Mark Korda and Peter Murphy as co-interim presidents in the wake of former Pies boss Eddie McGuire’s controversial exit from the club earlier this week.
In a statement released by the Pies today, the board detailed that vice-president Korda and former interim CEO and trustee and chair of the Collingwood Foundation Murphy would take the helm as board member Christine Holgate led the search for McGuire’s replacement.
Both Korda and Murphy are believed to be interested in the position but the club will consider internal and external applicants and have estimated two months to make a decision.
“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 read.
This morning’s release also detailed how Collingwood would implement the ‘Do Better’ report which found systemic racism at the club.
McGuire’s initial delivery of the of the report as a “day of pride” was widely criticised, the mounting pressure eventually saw the former president resign on Tuesday after more than two decades in the position.
“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.”