The most powerful man in Australian football is due to step down as chairman in two years.
Football Federation Australia have taken the first steps to finding chairman Frank Lowry’s successor after confirming a team of headhunters will oversee the search.
Lowy, along with two of his senior colleagues, are expected to step down from their positions in 2015 and the FFA have confirmed they began the process of recruiting their replacements by establishing a ‘nominations committee’ to look at potential candidates.
The committee will be moderated by retiring deputy chairman Brian Schwartz and he will be supported by directors Joseph Healy and Peter Tredinnick.
“Under the FFA constitution, a director must stand aside after two consecutive elected terms and that requirement means Brian Schwartz, Phil Wolanski and I will retire by November 2015,” Lowy said in a statement, reported by Goal.
“That’s more than two years away, but I believe it’s prudent to plan for this change that will see the departure of three long-serving directors.
“Football today is firmly established in the mainstream of Australian society and we have huge growth potential in this country and into Asia.
“It’s an exciting time for the game and I’m sure we’ve put in place a process to identify candidates with the right calibre to take FFA forward.”
It was feared Lowry would seek to pass the baton to son Stephen but that moves appears to have been blocked after the governing body appointed executive search firm Egon Zehnder to ‘support the process’.