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Al-Hilal name CFG’s Esteve Calzada as CEO, plus more – SportsPro

Saudi Arabian soccer giants Al-Hilal have appointed Esteve Calzada as their new chief executive. 

Calzada will take up his new position at the Saudi Pro League club at the start of 2024, arriving from City Football Group (CFG), the owner of Premier League champions Manchester City, where he served as chief commercial officer.

Calzada, whose career also included a spell as Barcelona’s chief marketing and commercial officer, will take over from Abdullah Al-Jarboua.

Al-Hilal, who are currently top of the Saudi Pro League, are one of the four clubs now owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). 

‘Under the leadership of Mr Fahad Bin Saad Bin Nafel, the board of directors at Al-Hilal Club have made the decision to appoint the Spaniard Esteve Calzada to be their new CEO starting from January 2024, taking over from Mr Abdullah Al-Jarboua,’ read a statement from Al-Hilal. 

‘With a range of senior positions of experience at top European clubs – such as Manchester City and FC Barcelona – and recognised as one of the most renowned sports marketers, Mr Calzada has been welcomed to the role by the board and the team looks forward to working together for the benefit of Al-Hilal, their goals and successes.’

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M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment‘s global chief executive Steve Martin and UK chief executive Jamie Wynne-Morgan have both resigned. As a result , the agency has created a new division in M&C Saatchi Sport and Entertainment Europe, led by Europe and Italy chief executive Carlo Noseda. Noseda will be supported by M&C Saatchi UK chair Richard Thompson, who will also serve as non-executive chair of the new division.

Charles Ross is stepping down as director of finance and asset management for the NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA),while NFL Players Inc president Steve Scebelo is expected to leave by 1st March.

Former NBCUniversal chief executive Jeff Shell is in advanced talks to join private equity firm RedBird Capital Partners, leading its sports and entertainment investment business, according to The Wall Street Journal


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