Adelaide Crows CEO Steven Trigg after his suspension, November 2012.

Adelaide Crows CEO Steven Trigg after his suspension, November 2012. Photo: Mal Fairclough

ADELAIDE Steven Trigg hopes his tenure as Adelaide's chief executive isn't defined by his suspension for breaking AFL laws in the Kurt Tippett controversy.

Trigg on Tuesday announced he's quitting the Crows to move to Carlton to replace Greg Swann, who resigned as the Blues' chief in May this year.

Trigg, who will depart Adelaide in four weeks, returned to work in July last year after being suspended for six months by the AFL in 2012.

He was also fined $50,000 after pleading guilty to three draft and salary cap breaches related to the re-signing of Tippett in 2009.

The Crows were also fined $300,000 and barred from the opening two rounds of the 2012 draft for the breaches while Tippett, who moved to Sydney at the end of 2012, was fined $50,000 and banned for 11 games.

Trigg, asked if the Tippett saga defined his tenure as Adelaide's chief, replied: "I hope it's not".

"There will be some who wish to put it in a headline and put it in neon," he told reporters in Adelaide on Tuesday.

"I would like to think that obviously the AFL have put it behind them, other clubs have, we have internally.

"We have learnt from it. We're better set up as a club, governance-wise, for it and I genuinely feel more knowledgeable and more empowered by it in a strange way.

"I regret that it happened, that it created such hurt. But in every other way it's behind us ... I'm not going to trudge back over it."

Adelaide's dual premiership player Nigel Smart, currently the club's chief operating officer, is being touted to replace Trigg but Crows chairman Rob Chapman said the club would look at external candidates.

"We are not doing our job properly unless we go to market," said Chapman, who added that Smart would "one day make an exceptional CEO".

AAP