Aberdeen now have a vacancy at board level following vice-chairman George Yule’s decision to step down.
The Reds do not have to look far for a replacement with multi-millionaire Dave Cormack already involved at the club.
He joined the Pittodrie board last June after investing several million pounds through the acquisition of shares.
Should he be offered the position Cormack represents a logical and seamless fit to step in as the Reds’ new vice-chairman.
He has the business nous to expand the Dons without over-shooting that ambition.
Aberdeen will move to a £50m new ground and training facilities and hope that will be the catalyst for breaking into the top 100 in the UEFA team rankings. Big ambitions.
Cormack looks to have the contacts and experience required.
As president and CEO of United States-based software business Brightree, which he founded, Aberdonian Cormack grew the business exponentially over more than a decade.
In 2004 it had 12 employees and £395,000 in annual revenues.
By 2016 that had grown to £107m in annual revenues, £45m in profit and 500 employees. He sold Brightree on the New York Stock Exchange to RedMed for £567m in 2016.
Aberdeen face a challenging period off the pitch with the building of the new stadium and training facility at Kingsford.
The majority of the funding is already in place for the training complex where work has begun.
However, that still leaves a £40m shortfall for the stadium.
At the Dons’ Annual General Meeting last December chairman Stewart Milne confirmed the sale of Pittodrie would raise 40% of the £40m ie £16m.
That will still leave the Reds £24m short for a stadium they aim to have completed for the start of the 2021-22 season. Who better to help steer the bid to land that money with Milne than Cormack.
He was previously interim chief executive at Pittodrie from 2000 until 2001 before returning to the United States and forming Brightree. Cormack has already been instrumental in securing the £775,000 investment towards Kingsford from American businessman Tom Crotty in November last year.
The American market is one that can be utilised to secure investment and Cormack is in an ideal position to engineer that.
It is unfortunate that the vice-chairman vacancy has arisen due to the recent ill health of Yule who has held the role for six years.
Yule suffered a prostate cancer scare last year and underwent surgery.
Thankfully he is heading towards full recovery.
Illness brought a re-evaluation with Yule deciding his own health and family must come first.
One of his roles when arriving at the Dons was to deliver the stadium.
Yule is a passionate, life-long Dons fan who had the best interests of the club at heart.
If Cormack does replace him it will be someone with the same love of the club.
In the modern game, having a board comprising successful businessmen who are also fans and have the club at heart is a rarity.