The finalists for this year’s fcbusiness European CEO of the Year Award sponsored by NuCalm at the Football Business Awards have been announced.


Following on from the success of the first award in 2016, which was won by Altletico Madrid’s Miguel Angel Gil Marin, the European CEO of the Year award recognises the efforts of CEO’s from Europe’s top leagues.


Nominees for the 2017 award are:

Umberto Gandini – AS Roma (Italy)

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – FC Bayern Munich (Germany)

Edwin Van Der Sar – AFC Ajax (The Netherlands)

Vadim Vasilyev – AS Monaco (France)

Florentino Pérez Rodríguez – Real Madrid (Spain) 


The overall winner will be announced at the glitzy ceremony at the Tobacco Dock in London on the 2nd November.


Aaron Gourley, editor of fcbusiness magazine and Football Business Awards judge, said: “This is an incredibly tough and highly contested award. The five nominees are leaders of some of Europe’s finest teams that push the boundaries both on and off the pitch.”


Adding his thoughts, Jim Poole, President and CEO of Solace Lifesciences, Inc., maker of sponsor NuCalm, said: “The finalists for the 2017 NuCalm European CEO of the Year represent the best the industry has to offer.  


“It’s an impressive list of successful, well respected executives, each of whom deserve to win this prestigious award.  


“We’re proud to be a part of this award and look forward to shaking the hand of the winner in November.”


The Football Business Awards event has grown into a significant networking event, and the awards are becoming an increasingly valuable marketing badge.


Football Business Awards organiser, Simon Burton added:  “There is a no business more international than football, the CEOs shortlisted in the European CEO of the Year, lead truly international brands and are shining examples of business leaders on the international football stage.”


Yal Bekar, adds: “The Football Business Awards have become one of the most respected events in the football industry, and the fcbusiness Football CEO of the Year Awards are among the most prestigious.


“It makes perfect sense for NuCalm, which leads in the field of neuroscience and sports performance, to partner with the fcbusiness European CEO of the Year Award.


“We are very excited to be working with NuCalm to unearth the best football CEO in Europe and helping them to bring their cutting-edge technology to the football market.”


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