Milan have officially promoted club legend Paolo Maldini to the role of technical director.
Maldini was previously Sporting Strategy and Development Director, but Leonardo’s exit has enabled him to take a front-row seat on Milan’s new-look board.
“Paolo embodies that quality and those values that are the building blocks of our club,” CEO Ivan Gazidis told the club’s official website.
“I am happy to have him at the helm of our Sporting Area. With him, we will be able to build a modern club, formed by professionals of the highest quality.
“It will be a journey we will pursue together to achieve a challenging and compelling project, one which will require great energy and dedication.
“I am confident Paolo will be able to project his experience, his vision and his leadership.
“Paolo is an integral part of AC Milan and knows the way to success. He will be an important point of reference for everyone.”
The 50-year-old made a record 902 appearances for the Diavolo between 1985 and 2009, winning 26 trophies during that time.
He will work alongside Gazidis and former Milan teammate Zvonimir Boban, who has been installed as Chief Football Officer.
The Rossoneri are also expected to appoint Ricky Massara and Marco Giampaolo as their new sporting director and Coach imminently.