Manchester United is set to appoint Collette Roche as its chief operating officer (COO).
Roche could become United's first female COO, and would join a small band of seven females in executive positions in the Football League and Premier League.
Roche is currently the executive director for Manchester Airports Group, which owns Manchester, East Midlands and London Stansted airports. She will now take on responsibility for facilities, Old Trafford, ticketing and running the day-to-day business of Manchester United.
Last year the Manchester Evening News named Roche as one of the region's top 100 inspiring women. She is a non-executive director of pub chain JW Lees and board member on the Northern Powerhouse,
Graduating from Lancaster University with a Business Management degree she joined Ford Motor Company, where she held a number of posts including Employee Relations Manager in Dagenham.
She then joined Siemens and later United Utilities where she held a number of senior roles.
The Red Devils are aiming to boost their female image - with the club currently in the process of setting up a women's team.
Ed Woodward said: "We are pleased to announce that the club intends to establish its first ever professional women’s team and has submitted an application to enter WSL2.
"The FA has provided excellent support through the process and we believe that launching a team in WSL2 would give many more of our graduates from the Regional Talent Club the chance to establish themselves as first-team players.
"The Manchester United women’s team must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men's first team and offer academy players a clear route to top-level football within the club."
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