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Xavier Campbell Biography – Xavier Campbell Wiki
Xavier Campbell is the former Chief Executive Officer of Essendon Football Club. On August 24, 2022, Campbell tendered his resignation to President David Barham, after 14 years at the Essendon Football Club, including almost nine years as CEO.
President David Barham congratulated Campbell on his tenure as Chief Executive of the Essendon Football Club.
“Xavier is to be congratulated for his service to the Essendon Football Club,” Barham said.
“He assumed the position at a time that required strong leadership during the most turbulent time in our history. He tirelessly led to reform the Club’s governance, cultural and structural processes following the fallout of that difficult period and managed very complex situations through the legal procedures, including the AFL Anti-Doping and WADA appeals and sanctions processes as well as being instrumental in player and sponsor retention during this most challenging periods. And under his leadership, significantly, saw the elimination of the associated debt that peaked during this time.
“Xavier and his Executive and administration team have since significantly shaped the growth of this Club, rising from 53,00 members in 2013 to more than 88,000 in 2022.
“From a football perspective, under Xavier’s leadership, we qualified for finals in four of the first eight seasons, and in recent years, also secured the licence for our AFLW team.
“Xavier’s commercial acumen has helped to strengthen this Club immensely; he has been instrumental in securing and retaining our key major partners including Fujitsu General Australia, Amart and previously, KIA.
“The debt-free completion of the second phase of the NEC Hangar expansion will best position this Club for on-field success with the world-class facilities we call home, and under Xavier’s tenure, he has overseen the establishment of the Windy Hill masterplan vision for the benefit of the local community for generations to come.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we sincerely thank Xavier for his undeniable commitment to the role.
“I wish to also take this opportunity thank his wife Clare and their children Freddie and Francesca for their support to Xavier during his time as CEO.
“We will commence the process to appoint a new Chief Executive in the coming days, and Xavier will assist in this transition phase. We are now in a strong position to continue our pursuit for the ultimate success for our teams.”
Campbell said he believed it was the right time after nine years of serving as the Club’s Chief Executive.
“Being CEO is more than a job and it has been an absolute privilege, a pleasure, and an experience I will always be proud of,” Campbell said.
“I have done everything in my power to restore the Club’s financial, structural, and cultural stability; to help pick up the pieces and put the Club back together after the heartbreak, chaos, and instability of my first four years was one of the more difficult tasks I will face in my professional career. And despite the challenges of this past week – I believe we have done that.
“Under the previous boards and the Presidency of Paul Little, Lindsay Tanner and Paul Brasher we have delivered these outcomes. I leave the Club confident in the knowledge that despite the challenges of the past week or so it is in stronger shape than people may believe. We have an exceptionally strong financial base, significant membership base and a talented and young playing group that will help us build toward our next premiership.
“With the many strong building blocks that are firmly in place at Essendon, the decision to appoint a new coach and a bold vision under new President Dave Barham, there is an opportunity to take the Club on to finals success and ultimately, a premiership. And I hope as much as anyone that we do that.
“What this needs is; a focused and well-supported President, a Board united in its intent, strategy and voice, working in lockstep with management, supported by loyal and committed members and fans who believe in the Club, the direction it’s heading and the team that can take it there. Our playing group deserves nothing less than this. Our AFLW team deserves this. Our fans and members deserve it and are ready for it.
“I want to thank our Board, previous board members and chairs, my team and our tremendous staff and volunteers for their support and commitment, in getting the Club to this point.
“Most important of all though, I want to thank my beautiful wife Clare and my children, Freddie & Francesca who, for me, make every day worthwhile. This Club is closer to on-field success than many think. And I look forward to watching the journey toward this success unfold.”
Campbell was appointed CEO of Essendon Football Club in July 2014. At age 34, Xavier Campbell became the youngest chief executive of the Essendon Football Club in the club’s history.
Xavier Campbell Background
Campbell previously held the position as the club’s Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Projects and Partnerships. He oversaw significant growth of the Club’s sponsorship and strategic partnerships for five years.
Prior to joining Essendon, Campbell worked for Dynamic Sports and Entertainment Group and global sports marketing company Octagon. He has significant commercial and sports management experience, as well as a background in marketing and commercial strategy consulting.
Campbell has also worked for the South Australian Government as an economic analyst. Campbell is a SANFL premiership player with Sturt Football Club and has a Bachelor of Business and Economics as well as a Diploma in Accounting.
Xavier Campbell Age
Campbell is 44 years old.
Xavier Campbell Wife
Is Xavier Campbell married? He is married to his wife Clare Hawkins.
Xavier Campbell Family
Campbell and his wife have two children, Freddie and Francesca.
Xavier Campbell Salary
As CEO of Essendon Football Club, Xavier Campbell on an estimated annual salary of $850,000.
Xavier Campbell Net Worth
Xavier Campbell’s net worth is estimated to be $3 million. In 2019, Campbell and his wife Clare Hawkins earned $1.575 million from the sale of their 1888 terrace at 79 Gower St, Kensington.
Xavier Campbell Christmas Party – Xavier Campbell Behaviour
In 2022, Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell was subjected to an independent investigation for “behavioural issues” at a Christmas party, which later led to him apologising to staff.
In a statement to The Weekend Australian, Bombers chairman Paul Brasher said the 2015 episode was investigated by an independent legal firm and a detailed report was provided to the board.
“The club followed its workplace complaints procedures to investigate a behavioural matter over seven years ago,” Brasher said.
“This involved the engagement of an independent legal firm to oversee the process and a detailed report was provided to the board of directors.
“All parties were engaged in the process and the matter was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties at the time. The board at the time was fully informed along with any new board members who have joined since.
“Actions at the time included Xavier Campbell addressing staff and apologising for his conduct at the event.
“The board recently made the decision to extend Xavier’s contract because he is considered to be the most suitable leader to drive the next stage of our organisation’s strategic agenda.”
Xavier Campbell Echuca
Campbell studied at St Joseph’s College Echuca.
Xavier Campbell Instagram
Campbell’s Instagram is @xcam1979.