Posh Chief Executive Bob Symns has been named the League One Chief Executive of the Year.
Peterborough United chief executive Bob Symns has been named as the Sky Bet League One Chief Executive of the Year and will collect his award at a prestigious event at Stamford Bridge.
The finalists for the CEO of the Year Award sponsored by TopTix Sport at the Football Business Awards have been announced.
The CEO from each league has been nominated in a vote by their peers before then being shortlisted for the overall CEO of the Year prize.
Each winner will receive the award for their respective league at a glitzy awards ceremony on 5th November at Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge stadium before the overall winner is announced on the night.
fcbusiness Editor and Football Business awards judge, Aaron Gourley, said: 'The award for CEO of the Year is one of the most prized in football. Each of the finalists is there because their hard work and dedication has been recognised by their peers.
'But the Football Business Awards are a fantastic way of recognising the efforts of everyone involved in the beautiful game and I’m sure, as each of our CEOs would testify, they would not be in line for an award without them.'
The overall winner will join an illustrious list of CEOs that have picked up the award from Karren Brady (2012), Paul Barber (2013) and Sam Rush (2014). Divisional winners have included, amongst others, Russ Green (Hartlepool United), Ivan Gazidis (Arsenal), Tony Scholes (Stoke City) and Steve Brown (St Johnstone).
Sponsor of the CEO of the Year award, TopTix Sport’s, Managing Director, Peter Joyce commented: 'I’m sure each of the category winners will be delighted with their awards which represent recognition of a sustained period of excellence. To be voted for by your peers will make the award extra special and I pass on our own congratulations from all at TopTix Sport.'
An estimated 550 senior managers and decision makers from the football industry are expected to attend, making the awards a superb networking opportunity within the football calendar.
Rory Ross Russell, Co-Founder of the Football Business Awards, said: 'For the fourth year in a row the quality and quantity of the entries has gone up and up. The continued enthusiasm within the sector for these awards is fantastic as it highlights just how highly valued they are.
'Business has such a vital role to play in football and a role which often goes unseen within the game’s wider community. We aim to give this inspirational work the valuable market badge it deserves and by doing this and providing an unsurpassed opportunity to network, we believe everyone will enjoy and benefit from November’s ceremony.'