Hill unveiled as new FAI chief executive
Jonathan Hill has been appointed chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland, the national soccer body.
Hill, who was heavily linked to the job last month, will officially take the reins on 1 November as the permanent successor to John Delaney, who left last year.
He will initially split his time between London and Dublin, but will move to the Irish capital once coronavirus-related restrictions are lifted.
Hill, formerly of sports agencies ESP, Kentaro and IMG and of England’s Football Association, has been chief executive of Laureus World Sports Awards Limited, the company responsible for the annual awards, since October 2017.
He worked with the football division of the IMG agency in the late 1990s, before becoming commercial director at Wembley National Stadium and then joined the FA, leaving in 2009 to join Kentaro as chief operating officer.
It was his work at the FA, where he oversaw a substantial rise in sponsorship revenues, that is understood to have impressed the FAI.
Hill said today: “I am truly honoured to be appointed to the role of chief executive of the FAI and I am greatly looking forward to working with the staff, the wider football community, our commercial stakeholders and the government moving forward, driving the development of football at every level within Ireland, overseeing the ongoing process of business transformation within the organisation and, of course, facing the challenges that Covid presents for our game.”
Roy Barrett, FAI board chair, added: “I know Jonathan’s experience in the commercial and football worlds will bring real benefit to the FAI and I look forward to working with him on behalf of all our stakeholders as we build for the future.”
The recruitment process was overseen by executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, with Hill understood to have been selected ahead of Sarah Keane, president of the Olympic Federation of Ireland.
The Aviva Stadium in Dublin, the national soccer stadium, is slated to host four matches at next year's delayed Uefa European Championships, but Ireland will not be participating in the tournament, having lost to Slovakia in a play-off penalty shoot-out last week.