Geelong have started their search for their first new chief executive officer in more than two decades after Brian Cook’s decision to step away at the end of this year.

Cook, whose future was confirmed in February, has outlasted some of the biggest names in football since his appointment in 1999. can now reveal three high-profile names who have been mooted to fill his shoes in the AFL club’s top job.

One source says James Sutherland will get it.

The former CEO of Cricket Australia, Sutherland is currently Golf Australia CEO and sits on the Cats’ board.

However, two other well-placed sources have said Sutherland, and indeed any name, is premature.

The Geelong executive was told last week the formal process had only just started.

James Sutherland
Former Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland took over as Golf Australia CEO. Credit: AAP

But Justin Andrews is another high-profile name linked to the role.

Andrews is a surf coast export who has made it big on the global executive stage, currently the senior vice president at Oakley sunglasses in the US.

It’s been suggested Andrews could relocate back to the region with his family, if the right opportunity presented.

Andrews is also a former director of the Cats, appointed to the board in 2013 when he was in charge of Oakley’s South Pacific operations.

Brian Cook (left) will step away from his role as Geelong CEO at the end of 2021.
Brian Cook (left) will step away from his role as Geelong CEO at the end of 2021. Credit: Getty
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