– UK, East Kilbride – Goals Soccer Centres plc (AIM:GOAL), the market leader in outdoor small-sided soccer centres with 47 sites, including one in California, USA, announces the appointment of Michael James Bolingbroke (aged 50) as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director. He will join the Board and the business on 13 June 2016.
Michael brings a wealth of football industry experience and knowledge to the Company. He is currently CEO of Inter Milan S.p.A. one of the world’s leading football clubs competing in the top tier Italian Serie A league, which he joined in 2014. At Inter Milan, Michael has established a business culture and commercial strategy which has led to increases in both revenues and EBITDA, as well as significantly expanding the club’s international fan base. Prior to joining Inter Milan, he was COO of UK Premier League football club Manchester United F.C. from 2007, where as part of his role he oversaw day-to-day management and operations of the club including venue operations and facility development.
Michael was previously a Senior Vice-President at Cirque du Soleil and a Senior Vice-President at The Jim Henson Company. He is also a qualified chartered accountant.
Nick Basing, Chairman, commented: “Following a wide ranging and exhaustive search for a new Senior Independent Director, I’m delighted that Michael will be joining the Board. He is an exceptional appointment as his outstanding career demonstrates and a perfect fit. Goals is a market leading soccer based consumer business and Michael will bring significant experience and value, as we seek the many opportunities ahead of us.
Michael Bolingbroke said: “I am delighted to be joining Goals at this important time in its development. I am passionate about all forms of the game and pleased to now be involved in this fast-developing area of the sport. I look forward to helping the Company realise its significant potential.”
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