Chelsea Football Club announced Steve Atkins, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, will leave the club to join McLaren Racing as Chief Communications Officer.
Steve will continue to serve as the club’s senior advisor and will assist with the transition over the next few months.
Steve has been in charge of the club’s external global media relations, issue and crisis management, and public affairs work for the past 14 years, and has recently added the club’s industry-leading editorial and publishing output across web, app, and social media channels to his remit.
He has spoken on behalf of the ownership group, club board, head coaches, players, and all employees as the club’s official spokesman, and has helped shape and deliver Chelsea’s strategic messaging in close collaboration with the club board.
During his time at Chelsea, Steve assisted in the development of the club’s communications into a deft, authoritative, and world-leading operation, working confidently and quickly under some of the most intense media scrutiny in global sport, while promoting a culture of greater collaboration and engagement across the organization.
Steve has been a driving force in the club’s work to combat discriminatory behavior in our sport, as well as a passionate supporter of the women’s game and a leader in our work on equality, diversity, and inclusion.
Todd Boehly, chairman, said: ‘On behalf of everyone at the club, we want to thank Steve for his 14 years of dedication to Chelsea F.C. We have greatly valued his advice and counsel, and will continue to leverage his experience and knowledge over the next few months. We wish him every success in his new senior role at McLaren Racing.’
Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano, co-controlling owners, said: ‘We wish Steve and his family the best and are excited for Steve as he embarks on a new adventure at McLaren Racing.
He was been an invaluable partner and trusted advisor to Todd, José and I and the rest of the new ownership group and a senior leader at Chelsea over the past 14 years, one who embodies our values of collaboration, engagement, inclusion, and tireless work. Steve will continue to be a trusted advisor and part of the Chelsea family for years to come.’
Thank you, Steve, from all at Chelsea Football Club!