Sydney FC partners SRi Executive for CEO search

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31 May 2017, Sydney, Australia – Sydney FC Chairman, Scott Barlow, today confirmed details of the search to find the organisation’s next Chief Executive Officer.

With the incumbent CEO, Tony Pignata leaving at the end of a hugely successful season for the club in 2016-17, the Sydney FC board seek renewed leadership for the business as they enter the next stage of their growth. “Our aim is to be Australia’s number one football club in everything we do” confirmed Chairman Scott Barlow.

“The Club is poised to enter its next phase of growth and requires a CEO with the skillset, experience, character, leadership and drive to ensure the club maximises our huge potential.  With a strong emphasis on its fans, members, and consumers, the aim is to become one of the leading sporting brands in Australia and a major player in the Asia Pacific region” said Barlow.

Sydney FC has selected global search consultant SRi which specializes in executive and management talent in sports, media and entertainment, to lead the search. SRi’s clients have included numerous international organizations across sports, media and entertainment, including rights holders, professional clubs & teams, international federations, governing bodies, corporate sponsors, venues, major events, broadcasters, media owners, agencies and sporting goods brands. SRi has significant pedigree in the global football industry.

“SRi is delighted to be selected to lead this search,” said SRi Managing Partner, Jonathan Harris. “We have been underway for a couple of weeks and the position has already attracted a huge amount of interest from ‘marquee talent’ both here and overseas.”

Further details of the candidate brief can be reviewed here.



About Sydney FC

Sydney FC are a foundation club of the Hyundai A League. In 12 years of competition the club has won three A-League Championships (in 2006, 2010 and 2017). The Club operates 10 teams across the A-League, W-League, Youth League and within its Junior Academy. For more information, please visit

About SRi

Founded in 2001, SRi is the leading firm dedicated to the constant and growing demand for executive and management talent in sports, media and entertainment. Operating from offices in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, the UK and the USA, our expert advisers work as a global team providing search and consulting services through combining deep sector knowledge with world-class and cutting edge talent acquisition and management practice. For more information, please visit

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