Melbourne City's long-standing CEO Scott Munn is moving to China after owners CFG snapped up Chinese club Sichuan Jiuniu.
Munn has been in the role since the launch of the A-League club 10 years ago and survived the takeover and rebranding when Melbourne Heart became Melbourne City after it was bought by City Football Group.
Although the club has struggled to make inroads with fans and attendance numbers, it's been hailed as a financial success by its Abu Dhabi-based owners.
The sale of Aaron Mooy alone covered the entire cost of buying the club's licence for CFG.
Now Munn is set to head up the newly-acquired Chinese League Two club's back office in Chengdu, while he is replaced in Melbourne by Brad Rowse, current Director of Commercial and Operations.
A club statement added: "Scott has served for 10 years as CEO of Melbourne City FC, providing skilful leadership and having overseen significant change, most notably following the acquisition of then Melbourne Heart by CFG in 2014.
"He has driven substantial growth across the sporting and commercial arms of the organisation, with ever improving results on the field, including the men’s first ever silverware in 2016 and back-to-back Championships for the women’s team.
"Furthermore, he has been a steadfast champion of the club’s fan and community engagement, and oversaw the construction of the City Football Academy facility, and the foundation of the women’s team, during his tenure."
City's new CEO Brad Rowse was previously Director of Commercial Operations at Melbourne Football Club in the AFL before joining Heart in 2009, and was also General Manager, Sponsorship and Marketing for the Geelong Cats.
The statement added: "As the club enters the second decade since its foundation, Brad is tasked with leading the organisation in the next phase of its evolution in on-field performance, sustainable commercial development and world-class fan and community engagement, building upon the transformational foundations laid over the last five and ten years.
"Both Scott and Brad will commence their new roles in April 2019."