Todd Boehly has been confirmed as the new Chelsea chairman amid a series of new appointments to the club's board. He takes up the role of chair after it was announced earlier this week that Bruce Buck will step down. Chelsea also confirmed the departure of director Marina Granovskaia. But Granovskaia will "remain available" to the club for the duration of the summer transfer window to "help with the transition" (BBC, 6/22). The new board includes Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano, co-controlling owners of Chelsea and founding partners of Clearlake; Mark Walter, the CEO and co-founder of Guggenheim Partners; Hansjörg Wyss, a Swiss billionaire; Jonathan Goldstein, co-founder and CEO of Cain International; Barbara Charone, a celebrity publicist; Daniel Finkelstein, a Tory peer and Times columnist; and James Pade, a partner and managing director at Clearlake Capital (London GUARDIAN, 6/22).
Meanwhile, Chelsea has begun the search for a replacement for Granovskaia. Atletico Madrid Sporting Director Andrea Berta, outgoing Liverpool Sporting Director Michael Edwards and Michael Emenalo, who served as Chelsea's technical director from '07-17, are reportedly among the candidates (AS, 6/22).