Watford Football Club has confirmed that chief executive officer Julian Winter has left the npower Championship side.
Winter, who joined the club in 2006 as community director before being appointed CEO in 2008, was formerly a professional footballer whose clubs included Huddersfield Town and Scunthorpe United.
"Watford Football Club should always be eternally grateful for the huge contribution which Julian has made in his five years here," Hornets' owner Laurence Bassini told the club’s official site.
"I would like to wish him every success in the future. Julian will always be a welcome guest at Vicarage Road."
The club did not confirm when a replacement would be appointed.