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Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham to step down, plus more

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15 Sep 2023 Josh Sim
Arsenal's chief executive Vinai Venkatesham has confirmed he will leave the club next summer.


Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham has confirmed he will leave the English soccer giants at the end of the 2023/24 season.

Having first joined the club’s commercial department in 2010 as head of global partnerships, Venkatesham rose up the ranks at the Premier League outfit, serving as both chief commercial officer and managing director. He was then elevated to his current role in 2020, overseeing the club’s recent rise up the table.

As well as being Arsenal’s chief executive, Venkatesham currently sits on Uefa’s club competitions committee and the European Club Association (ECA) board.

“This was a tough decision, but it is time to pursue another challenge,” said Venkatesham. “Now is not the time for goodbyes as I remain focused until my last day and supporting a seamless transition.”

Arsenal are expected to now begin their search for his replacement, with co-chair Josh Kroenke stating the club is well prepared for “change and succession”.

“The board is fully supportive of Vinai’s desire to pursue his next challenge,” Kroenke added.

“Whilst it is business as usual with everyone focused on the season ahead, we’d like to take this moment to thank him for his contribution and long service. Vinai will always be part of the Arsenal family and always welcome back at Emirates Stadium.”

Staying in soccer, the New York Red Bulls have expanded their club’s executive leadership team. Joe Stetson has been named as chief commercial officer, while Elisa Padilla has been appointed as chief marketing officer. Additionally, Christina Giunta-Quarino has been made the club’s chief of staff and Claire Noonan has become head of human resources.

Elsewhere, the Australian Football League (AFL) has updated its executive leadership team. Matthew Chun has been appointed to the role of executive general manager, finance, clubs and infrastructure, while Tristan Salter has been named as its general manager of operations and Tasmania.

Kylie Rogers, the AFL’s executive general manager, customer and commercial, and David Grossman, general manager, clubs and scheduling, will both see their portfolios expanded, while Stephen Meade, the league’s general counsel, is to be elevated to the AFL executive leadership team.


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