Following his departure as the executive vice-chairman of Manchester United in 2022, Ed Woodward has embarked on a new professional venture. He has recently assumed the position of a non-executive director at EStars, an esports company focused on utilizing gaming for educational purposes in the Middle East.
This new role marks Woodward’s first undertaking since bidding farewell to Old Trafford after a widely criticized 16-year tenure. Throughout his extensive period at the club, Woodward held various responsibilities, ranging from financial planning to leading commercial and media operations, eventually being appointed as the executive vice-chairman in 2012.
During his ten-year tenure in that position, Woodward faced significant scrutiny for presiding over Manchester United’s most prolonged period without winning trophies since the mid-1980s.
Now, with his appointment to EStars’ team, Woodward joins an esteemed group that includes former Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul.
In an official statement released by the company to announce his appointment, Woodward expressed his enthusiasm for the new opportunity. He stated, “The combination of esports, education, and the dynamic Middle East region, where decisions regarding curriculum can be made swiftly compared to Europe, sets the stage for success. Joining this team was an easy decision, especially considering the exceptional leadership and entrepreneurial spirit of Mags. I am excited about EStars providing a platform for the next generation to learn and thrive in the relatively new industry of esports.”
At Manchester United, Woodward was succeeded by Richard Arnold, who transitioned from his prior role as managing director to assume the position of CEO.