Alexander Wehrle becomes the new CEO of VfB Stuttgart. The club officially announced this on Wednesday.
Wehrle is to be presented to VfB before Christmas and will then take up his post in April.
“I am happy to come back home after nine intensive years in Cologne, for which I will always be grateful. During this time, my connection with VfB has never been severed. I would also like to thank the supervisory board for the good discussions and trust thank you that he puts in me, “Wehrle is quoted in the message.
“We are happy that in Alexander Wehrle we have found exactly the right man for this task,” said Claus Vogt, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. “Not only does he have the necessary skills to lead VfB in these challenging times, but with his network and standing in the industry he will do us a lot. As a real native of our VfB, he also knows the club and its values and structures . We would like to thank the executive committee of 1. FC Köln for the always fair discussions. “
Between 2003 and 2013, the financial expert worked as an advisor to the board of directors at VfB. At VfB, Wehrle will succeed Thomas Hitzlsperger, who announced in September not to extend his expiring contract.
VfB Stuttgart: Wehrle is currently still working in Cologne
Vogt expects Wehrle to “continue” the work of Hitzlsperger and “to further develop” VfB. The five-time German champion has “taken a promising path”, said Wehrle, “which I would like to (…) expand”.
FC President Werner Wolf said Cologne was reluctant to let the “captain of the billy goat home” go: “With his move, an era is coming to an end.” Wehrle is currently still managing director at 1. FC Köln, but it was recently announced that he will not extend his contract, which is valid until 2023, and that he also has a special right of termination.
Cologne has become his “home” there in over nine years, said Wehrle, who has also been a member of the DFL Presidium and DFB Board of Directors since 2019. He led the FC “with the greatest passion and a lot of heart and soul”. It should be like that until his departure, “in order to hand over a club that is in the best possible position”.