The Adelaide Football Club has appointed one of the AFL’s most experienced administrators as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Tim Silvers joins the Crows from the Hawthorn Football Club where he has held a number of key roles over the past 17 years, having most recently served as Chief Operating Officer.

Known across the League as commercially astute, he also possesses a deep understanding of the industry and has strong and widespread football relationships.

Crows Chairman John Olsen described Silvers as the ideal administrator for the Club’s current situation and its future direction.

“Having been part of a successful era at Hawthorn, Tim has an intimate working knowledge of what it takes to deliver sustained success at the elite level,” Olsen said.

“We conducted a thorough and rigorous process and the feedback was unanimous, he is a passionate, driven and authentic values-based leader who has a great understanding of the football landscape.

“He also has a proven track record of delivering strong financial and commercial results, and has been a key member of Hawthorn’s Executive team over a long period of time.

“Our push to build a new headquarters is gathering momentum and Tim has the experience and skills to head up the transition, having been the project lead for the Hawks plans for a Dingley training base.”

Silvers described his appointment as a privilege, adding he was looking forward to guiding the Club into a new era.

“I understand what it means to be part of a successful culture both on and off the field and together with the Board, management, staff, coaches and players, I am determined to make this Club the best it can possibly be,” Silvers said.

“The Crows are such a significant part of the South Australian community and my family and I can’t wait to officially call Adelaide home.

“To the thousands of Crows members and fans, I have watched from afar and with admiration the passion and loyalty you show at all times. I want to strengthen the connection you have with the Club and this is a priority.

“It would be remiss of me not to thank Hawthorn for their support and endorsement throughout this process and the Club and its people have helped shape me as a person and leader.”

Silvers is expected to officially start in the role prior to Adelaide’s Round One game against Geelong.