New York City FC has announced that Tom Glick will be the club's president, while chief business officer Tim Pernetti will leave the club after its inaugural game this season.
Glick, who has previously worked in both Minor League Baseball and the National Basketball Association, joins the expansion club after a stint at parent club Manchester City. While in England, he held the titles of chief executive officer at Derby County Football Club, chief commercial and marketing officer for Man City and managing director of City Football marketing.
“This role for this Club is arguably one of the most exciting in soccer right now," Glick said. "I am thrilled to take up the responsibility and the challenge. After two years of laying the foundations for this inaugural season and beyond, we have an incredibly talented team both on and off the pitch. I very much look forward to playing my part in leading and supporting them as we embark on the next and most important stage of our development. ”
Pernetti has been with the club since 2013, but will leave to become president of multimedia at IMG's college division. Pernetti, who was previously the athletic director at Rutgers, said he was excited to return to college sports.
“With college sports being my true passion and such a core part of my make-up, this awesome opportunity to join the team at WME | IMG was impossible to refuse, particularly at this natural exit point as New York City FC embarks on the next stage of its development," Pernetti said. "It has been my honor and a true privilege to work with the best in the soccer business and to be part of building the foundation of New York City FC. I will be a fan for life.”
The club has faced criticism leading up to its first season for misleading fans about the signing of Frank Lampard from Manchester City. Lampard will not join NYCFC until after the Premier League season ends.
NYCFC will play its first game on Saturday, March 8 against fellow expansion club Orlando City.
- Paul Palladino