Thorburn, who was CEO of banking giant NAB from 2014-19, was originally asked to assist in the Bombers' external review

Andrew Thorburn is an Australian-based businessman, he is the new Essendon Football club’s Chief Executive Officer and a former CEO of Bank of NZ, and also of National Australia Bank

Club president Dave Barham announced the appointment on Monday afternoon, saying Thorburn's appointment is a "significant step forward" for Essendon.

When Andrew was approached, he indicated that he would give the opportunity his consideration. "At this point, he immediately removed himself from any oversight he had of the club's CEO search.

A week later, he formally entered the process and then interviewed for the role last week, along with the other candidates.

The board were then presented with a comprehensive review of the candidates via our EY representatives.

"We then met as a board this morning to consider these individuals and appointed Andrew Thorburn to lead our club."