The finalists for the fcbusiness CEO of the Year Award sponsored by SeatGeek Enterprise have been announced.


The Football Business Awards celebrate the very best of football off the field.


The finalists for this year’s award are: Daniel Levy(Tottenham Hotspur), John Kay(Preston North End), Steve Bettis (Sheffield United), Gary Sweet (Luton Town) and Duncan Fraser (Aberdeen)


The CEO from each league has been nominated by a panel at fcbusiness for their leadership throughout the 2016/17 season and is now shortlisted for the overall CEO of the Year prize.


Each winner will receive their award at a glitzy ceremony on 2nd November at the Tobacco Dock in London before the overall winner is announced on the night.


Football Business Awards organiser, Simon Burton, said: “Football has become ever more professional and commercial. With that, the role of the football club CEO has become ever more high profile and more demanding.


“Those shortlisted in the fcbusiness CEO of the Year Award are exemplars in an incredibly tough competition.”


Recognising the valuable contribution of the game’s executives in the UK has seen fcbusiness present the CEO of the Year Award each year since 2012,with winners including the likes of Ivan Gazidiz, CEO of Arsenal, Karren Brady, Vice Chairman of West Ham United Football Club, Mark Catlin, CEO of Portsmouth and Tony Scholes, CEO of Stoke City, to name a few.


fcbusiness Editor and Football Business Awards judge, Aaron Gourley, said: “The award for CEO of the Year is one of the most prized in football. Through their hard work and dedication each of the nominees has led their respective clubs to achieve outstanding performances on and off the pitch.


“The Football Business Awards are a fantastic way of recognising the efforts of everyone involved in the business side of the beautiful game and I’m sure, as each of our CEO’s would testify, they would not be in line for an award without them.”


Over 500 senior managers and decision makers from the football industry will attend, making the awards the perfect networking opportunity in the football calendar. 


CEO of the Year Award sponsor and SeatGeek Enterprise Managing Director, Peter Joyce, commented: “I’m sure each of the category winners will be delighted with their awards which represent recognition of a sustained period of excellence and I pass on our own congratulations from all at SeatGeek.”    


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CEO of the Year Finalists:

Premier League CEO of the Year – Daniel Levy, Tottenham Hotspur

Championship CEO of the Year – John Kay, Preston North End

League One CEO of the Year – Steve Bettis, Sheffield United

League Two CEO of the Year – Gary Sweet, Luton Town

SPFL CEO of the Year – Duncan Fraser, Aberdeen FC

fcbusiness CEO of the Year Award (Overall) – To Be Announced on the Night


Picture: Portsmouth’s Mark Catlin picking up his award for League Two CEO and Overall CEO of the Year.