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Arsenal FC appoints Ivan Gazidis Chief Executive

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Arsenal FC appoints Ivan Gazidis Chief Executive

Arsenal is delighted to announce that after a thorough recruitment process, Ivan Gazidis has been appointed the new chief executive officer, taking up the position in January 2009.

Gazidis, 44, is presently Deputy Commissioner for Major League Soccer (MLS) in the USA where he provides vision on all the key strategic and business decisions made by the league and its marketing arm, Soccer United Marketing. He oversees all aspects of MLS competition, including negotiation of the transfer and employment contracts of all the players in the league, managing stadium events, security issues and player, coaching and refereeing matters.

In addition to his MLS duties, Mr Gazidis was the president of Soccer United Marketing’s international division between 2002 and 2006 where he developed and implemented winning strategies for the Mexican Soccer Federation and the CONCACAF Gold Cup as well as innovative new concepts such as American tours for the England national team, Barcelona and Real Madrid amongst others.


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