Leeann Dempster has left her role as Hibs chief executive after over six years in the position.

Dempster joined Hibs in 2014 from Motherwell and stayed with the Hibees as they suffered relegation to the Championship. She’s oversaw much success during her time at Easter Road, including the 2016 Scottish Cup victory.

Dempster is leaving Hibs. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

They have also returned to the Premiership and watched attendance levels rise under her stewardship. Dempster has reflected on her Hibs spell.

“The club had been relegated when I joined, and I was determined – with the help of a terrific group of people – to rebuild and restore the club to make its supporters proud on and off the pitch,” said Dempster.

“The Cup win was the highlight, of course, but there have been many fantastic moments. I think it is genuinely the right time, both for the club and for me, to move on to a new chapter. It has been an intense and fulfilling time of my life.

Moving on. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

“I have grown to love the club and the Hibernian family, but the club is in good hands and has an exciting future ahead of it. I wanted to make sure Ron settled in following the transaction, and I think we have achieved that. I’ve enjoyed working with him and I have learned a lot in the process.

“Supporters should be optimistic and excited about Ron’s plans for the club’s future, and I know they will continue to support the club in the magnificent fashion that they have done during my time, especially during recent months when they absolutely stepped up when we most needed them.

“I thank every one of them for making this job such an enjoyable one. Now I look forward to the excitement of taking on a new challenge.”

Exciting times. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Chairman Ron Gordon is sad to see her go: “I would have liked Leeann to stay. She has done a terrific job throughout her time at the club and I know how highly regarded she is by every supporter and within football.

“She has explained that she believes it is the right time for her and for the club – that she is ready to pursue a new and different challenge, and that she wants to spend more time with her family.

“She has obviously thought long and hard about this and we now have to accept and respect her view. I am happy to say she will work with us to ensure a smooth transition as we decide how to best move forward and thank her for her continued commitment to the club.

Hibs vs Hearts (Ladbrokes Premiership)

Gordon has praised Dempster. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“She has definitely left her mark at Hibernian, and everyone at Hibs should be very grateful to her, I know I am, and all of us wish her every success.”

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