New York City FC has appointed Tom Glick
as its new president, replacing Tim Pernetti
, who joined NYCFC as chief
business officer in 2013, as the head of the expansion club that begins its first season in March.
Glick worked in baseball and basketball before becoming the CEO of English club Derby
County when it was purchased by an American group. He then moved to Manchester City, serving as chief commercial and marketing officer of the club and managing director of City Football
Marketing. In his new role, Glick will be responsible for all aspects of the organization on a day-to-day basis.
NYCFC is set to begin play at Yankee Stadium in March.
It has had one of the most difficult launches of any MLS expansion team as it has been unable to secure a site for a permanent soccer stadium and it was hit by Lampardgate when it was revealed England
star Frank Lampard
, heavily promoted as its star signing, would not arrive until the summer.
“This role for this Club is arguably one of the
most exciting in soccer right now," said Glick. "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 will leave the organization after the first game of the 2015 MLS season. The former Rutgers athletic director has been appointed President
of Multimedia for WME, IMG’s college business.