St. Louis City hires City Football Group executive to run team

St. Louis City has hired Diego Gigliani its new president and general manager.

Gigliani, who hails from Argentina but was raised across the United States and Europe, arrives from City Football Group, where he oversaw eight of its international clubs, including Girona in Spain and Troyes in France.

He will manage all City SC day-to-day operations across the sporting, revenue, marketing, experience, operations, administration and community departments. Lutz Pfannenstiel will remain as sporting director.

Carolyn Kindle has been the expansion team's CEO and president since the successful bid of the ownership group her family leads to secure an MLS expansion team. She will continue as the CEO, dedicating more time to long-term strategic priorities.

“Diego brings an incredible amount of international soccer expertise that will help us take the next step in our ambitious journey to become a global soccer brand,” Kindle said in a release. “After a long and extensive search, we look forward to welcoming him to one of the best sports cities in America as we continue to grow our reach and leverage soccer’s popularity – as well as the amazing start to our inaugural season – to increase interest in everything St. Louis has to offer.”

St. Louis City has been one of the most successful expansion launches in MLS history, both on and off the field. It is 6-2-1 after nine games, and opened new City Park, its downtown stadium, which seats 22,423.

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