Adam Pearson says controversial Leeds owner Massimo Cellino persuaded him to swap Sheffield Wednesday for their Yorkshire neighbours.
The former Hull FC owner was brought in by Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri on April 20 to work alongside Glenn Roeder and head coach Stuart Gray as part of their new sporting structure.
Pearson’s duties included advising Chansiri on business strategies, dealing with agents and rvals clubs regarding transfers.
But following discussions with Whites chairman Massimo Cellino over the weekend, Pearson decided to take up the role of executive director at Elland Road on Monday night.
“I was part of the committee advising the chairman, but once the owner at Leeds got in touch, this is where my heart lies and I would love to help out here and assist in rebuilding the club and putting it back in the Premier League,” who served as commercial director at Leeds in 2001.
Chansiri has wished Pearson well for the future, insisting he holds no grudges over his shock departure.
“These things happen in every line of business and football is no different,” he said.
Wednesday, meanwhile, will jet out to Portugal for a five-day pre-season training camp on Wednesday July 22. Stuart Gray’s men will play one friendly in Albufeira but the date, opposition and venue has yet to be confirmed.