Hearts managing director David Southern will leave the club at the end of July having been appointed to the new position of general manager at Dundee United.
David has been with Hearts for almost nine years having joined as Communications Director in 2005, shortly after which he was promoted to marketing and communications director. In the last four years he has been managing director during which time he steered the club operationally through one of the most testing times in its history.
With the club now saved from the threat of closure and a successful exit from administration David is taking the opportunity to develop his career elsewhere within the game.
"I feel very privileged to have worked at Heart of Midlothian Football Club," he said. "I have enjoyed some of the greatest days in the club's history and also been engaged in some of the most challenging. I have memories that will last a lifetime.
"Now that the club is safe and the revival is well underway I feel my work here is complete. Naturally it will be a wrench to leave but I feel both personally and professionally that it is the right thing to do in my career and I am looking forward to the new opportunity that lies ahead.
"I am very proud of the job everyone associated with the club has done to create what we have here today. Quite rightly the supporters, particularly, have been widely praised for efforts in recent times and they deserve all the success that I am sure lies ahead. I would also like to make special mention of the remaining staff at the club who I consider to be amongst the silent heroes of the recent successful exit from administration.
"Finally I'd like to wish Ann, the new Board, and Ian Murray and the Foundation of Hearts all the very best with the transition to supporter ownership."
Ann Budge, chairwoman and chief executive said: "I'd like to thank David for all his hard work over the last nine years and particularly during the period of administration.
"Whilst Hearts is in a period of revival, I fully understand why David would wish to continue to develop his career and grasp this opportunity to remain in the Premiership with one of Scotland's leading football clubs. He will be missed by all at Hearts and goes with our very best wishes."