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Friday 9 November Updated Thursday 19 February

Vice-Chairman scoops top award

Everyone at West Ham United would like to congratulate Vice-Chairman Karren Brady on winning the prestigious fcbusiness Magazine CEO of the Year Award at the Football Business Awards.

Karren has overseen a hugely successful period for the Hammers both on and off the field, making an instant impact by implementing change that has seen the club's fortunes go from strength to strength. Karren has brought the club back to its core values, celebrating West Ham's role at the heart of the east London community through the Moore than a Football Club brand and has grown the Hammers' fanbase at grassroots and an international level. Her ability to grow commercial revenue at every operational level of the business has seen the club record its first operating profit in recent history.

Karren beat off competition from an acclaimed shortlist to scoop the award, which recognises the essential role that business plays in football, following her outstanding contribution to the club's fortunes in 2012.

Karren, who collected her award at the event at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, said: "I am proud to accept this award on behalf of West Ham United and particularly my dedicated and supportive Chairmen David Sullivan, David Gold and our fantastic loyal fanbase. West Ham United is a truly special club and I feel privileged to be here. We've made real progress in our three year tenure but there is more work to be done. The best is yet to come for West Ham."

The club are relishing life back in the Barclays Premier League, having made their best start to a top-flight campaign this millennium.

Brady's close working relationship with her fellow Board members and manager Sam Allardyce helped to secure the marquee loan signing of Andy Carroll, the most expensive English footballer in history, on a season-long loan deal from Liverpool.

The England international's arrival complemented the other high-profile signings the Hammers made during the summer, including record-signing Matt Jarvis, Senegal international Momo Diame and former France captain Alou Diarra, among others.

West Ham fans have shown their appreciation for the positive progress on the pitch - the last three home games have been complete sell-outs with the next five matches predicted to follow suit.

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