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FA CEO Martin Glenn To Speak At Soccerex Global Convention

Tue 18th Aug 2015 | Football Governance

The future of English football will be addressed at this year’s Soccerex Global Convention, 7-9 September, with the confirmation that FA CEO Martin Glenn will be giving an exclusive 1-2-1 interview at the event, taking place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex.

In his first industry event appearance since taking the role, Glenn will be sharing his vision for the development of football in England, in particular looking at how The FA is being restructured to become more cost effective so that more funding can be distributed to grassroots and elite development in the England teams.

He will also touch upon what can be learned from the England Lionesses’ achievements in the Women’s World Cup and will be giving delegates an insight into The FA’s work to get more playing time for English players with the possible introduction of tougher rules on the home grown player quotas.

Martin Glenn first came to prominence in 1992 when, as the UK president of PepsiCo, he recruited  England legend Gary Lineker to the “No More Mr Nice Guy” campaign for Walkers Crisps – a move leading to him being labelled as a “rebranding guru”.. Glenn has also had experience in the football industry after sitting on the Leicester City board as a non-executive for four years.

The recently appointed CEO leads a revamped FA senior management team, aimed at restructuring due to The FA’s programme to reprioritise significant investment towards grassroots facilities, coaching and their England teams. 

The new team includes expanded roles for the likes of Julie Harrington moving from Managing Director of St. George’s Park (SGP), to the newly created position of Operations Director for Wembley Stadium and SGP, and Robert Sullivan, who has been promoted to Strategy Director.

Soccerex CEO, Duncan Revie, said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming Martin to the Convention. I am looking forward to hearing his vision for the future of the English game and how the reconstruction of The FA is going to help support the development of English football, which will be a fascinating learning opportunity for our delegates.” 

Martin Glenn will join an impressive and diverse list of expert speakers that already include the likes of Davor Suker, Croatia Football Federation President and UEFA Executive Committee member, Don Garber, MLS Commissioner, Ian Ritchie, Rugby Football Union CEO, Dave Kaval, San Jose Earthquakes President, Javier Tebas, La Liga President, Nathan Homer, Barclay’s Head of Global Sponsorship and Partnerships, Tim Ellerton, Global Sponsorship Manager at Heineken, Alex Trickett, Head of Sport Twitter UK and Glenn Miller, Head of Sport and Entertainment Media Partnerships, Facebook.

The Soccerex Global Convention brings together more than 3000 of football’s elite over three days of a thought provoking conference programme packed with business insight, alongside a market-leading international exhibition and extensive networking.

A programme of social events completes the schedule for what is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading football business event.

For further information about this event please call +44 (0)208 987 5522 or visit www.soccerex.com/global.  


Posted by: Aaron Gourley



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