MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 23: AFL General Manager Football Operations Mark Evans speaks at the media launch for the 2015 NAB Challenge at AFL House on February 23, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

The Gold Coast Suns have appointed the AFL’s General Manager of Football Operations, Mark Evans as the club’s new CEO.

The news comes less than 24 hours after the club parted ways with CEO Andrew Travis.

Evans spent 10 seasons at Hawthorn before joining the AFL, where he has spent the four years.

He said he is looking forward once again working with an AFL club.

“I am very excited by the challenges and opportunities on the Gold Coast and in Queensland, and it was a compelling offer by the Club that was impossible to resist,” Evans said.

“This is a young team and a young business with a great stadium, and fantastic new training and administration base, and incredible growth potential.”

“Having lead the development of the next generation academies, I can’t wait to get my hands dirty making the most of the promise to grow into new areas, and new fans.”

Suns chairman Tony Cochrane said he is thrilled to secure the services of one of the most respected football administrators in the business.

“On behalf of the Club and our members, I am incredibly thrilled to announce that AFL GM of Football Operations, Mark Evans, will be joining the Gold Coast SUNS as our Chief Executive Officer,” Cochrane said.

“Mark is universally respected across the AFL industry, and his strong record in football administration and management speaks for itself.

“He will bring valuable senior executive experience from his time at the AFL and clubs to our young Gold Coast Suns, and it is a great boost of confidence in the future of our club and its place in our community.

“This is clearly a very significant day for the Gold Coast Suns and we are delighted to welcome Mark and his wife Lynne to the Coast.”