19th January 2004




Top-of-the-table Hull City are aiming for Division Three honours at the end of the season.


But club chairman Adam Pearson will be receiving an honour of a different sort when he attends a University of Lincoln awards ceremony this week.


Mr Pearson, who has overseen the revival of Hull City since he took over as chairman two and a half years ago, is to receive an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration at Hull City Hall at 2.30pm on Friday 23rd January.


“I am extremely proud and delighted to accept the honorary doctorate from the University of Lincoln,” he said.


“We are only just starting out on our regeneration programme for the football club and the Stadium Management Company, but we are happy with our progress to date and are fully committed to ensuring the revitalisation of all sport in Hull through the superb new KC Stadium.”


Adam Pearson’s career began at Marks & Spencer in Hull and he soon progressed to the company’s head office on Baker Street in London, where he worked as an executive in merchandising, sales management and marketing.


After ten years Mr Pearson became Commercial Director of William Baird plc, a textile manufacturer supplying Marks & Spencer.


In 1996 he became Commercial Director of Leeds United AFC and was the Executive Director in charge of the business, which grew from £16 million per year in 1996 to £80 million per year in 2001 with operating profits in excess of £10 million.


After five years at Leeds he became Chairman of Hull City AFC and recovered the club from administration in March 2001.


He is also Chief Executive of the Stadium Management Company which operates the £45 million Kingston Communications Stadium on behalf of Kingston-upon-Hull City Council.


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