Brighton Appoint Former Tottenham Director Paul Barber
Wed 30th May 2012 | Football Club Management
Paul Barber has been appointed as chief executive of Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
Taking up the role from 18th June, the former FA commercial director and Tottenham Hotspur executive director arrives with a wealth of experience, both from the football and business sectors.
Albion chairman Tony Bloom said, "The board's aim was to bring in a top-class chief executive, and Paul fits that criteria. He has a great deal of high-level experience across a number of sectors, but most importantly has a great CV in terms of football.
"Having worked for the FA, Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS, he has excellent knowledge and experience of the commercial, marketing and communications side of the game, here in the UK and overseas.
"Paul also has an extensive network of contacts across the football industry, which will be of great benefit to the club as we strive to progress."
Speaking of his appointment, Barber said, "I am delighted to be joining such an ambitious and well-run club, with such a dedicated owner and board of directors.
"The club has made great progress on and off the pitch, and I am looking forward to expanding on what has already been achieved by the club and its staff in moving from Withdean to the excellent Amex Stadium."
Barber joined the Whitecaps from Spurs in February 2010, having spent five years at White Hart Lane as the club's executive director.
Prior to his time at Tottenham, he was commercial director and prior to that director of marketing & communications at the FA.
During his time with the FA, he was also responsible for organising England's fixtures staged around the UK, during the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium.
Barber, who was born, raised and educated in London and is an FA-qualified coach, also spent time as a non-executive director of Hampshire Cricket.
Former Football Association executive director David Davies told the club’s official website, "I think it's a wonderful appointment, obviously for Paul himself but also for Brighton & Hove Albion.
"He has excellent contacts around the football world, his commercial acumen is well known, and he has that excellent combination of being both a leader and a team player, which is key.
"He's not a faceless man in any way, he's a real football person and he loves the game. That, I think, the supporters should find reassuring."
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