David Gill (executive)

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David Gill
David Gill (ManUtd).jpg
Born David Alan Gill
(1957-08-05) 5 August 1957 (age 57)
Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Birmingham
Occupation Accountant
Known for Chief executive, Manchester United
Vice-chairman, the Football Association
Board member of
The Football Association
Children Adam, Oliver and Jessica

David Alan Gill (born 5 August 1957) is British football executive, formerly chief executive of Manchester United and a vice-chairman of The Football Association. He served as vice-chairman of the G-14 management committee until the G-14 was disbanded.

Career[edit]

Born and raised in Reading, Berkshire,[1] Gill studied at the University of Birmingham, becoming a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1981. After a two-year spell in San Francisco, he left the firm in 1986 to join The BOC Group in its corporate finance department, and then Avis Rent a Car System in 1990. At Avis, he was responsible for the disposal of the European leasing business to GE Capital for US$1 billion in August 1992. Subsequently, he was finance director at Proudfoot PLC, the worldwide management consulting business, then quoted on the London Stock Exchange, and then at First Choice Holidays PLC, the third largest UK tour operator, before joining Manchester United F.C. in 1997.

Manchester United[edit]

Gill joined Manchester United PLC in 1997 as finance director. In August 2000, he was promoted to deputy chief executive whilst retaining his responsibilities as finance director. In July 2001, Nick Humby was appointed finance director of Manchester United PLC, so Gill was promoted again this time to the title of Group Chief executive officer, allowing him to concentrate on managing the day-to-day operations of the business (including sponsorship & marketing, business development, financial services, conference & catering, ticketing & membership and group property).

In September 2003, after the departure of previous chief executive Peter Kenyon to Chelsea F.C., Gill was promoted to chief executive of Manchester United PLC. In 2005, he was appointed chief executive of the private limited company, Manchester United Ltd, that succeeded Manchester United PLC after the takeover by Malcolm Glazer.[2]

Gill was also vice-chairman of the management committee of the now defunct G-14, an organisation of leading European football clubs. However, in September 2009, he was elected to a two-year place on the board of the European Club Association, the organisation created to replace the G-14.[3]

On 20 February 2013. Manchester United announced that Gill would leave his post in the summer of 2013. He was replaced by the executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.[4]

The Football Association[edit]

On 2 June 2006, Gill was elected onto the board of The Football Association, replacing Arsenal F.C. vice-chairman David Dein. Gill said he was delighted to be working with the other board members of the Football Association. One of the first issues he had to deal with was the "club-vs.-country" row over Wayne Rooney's foot at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Questions were raised by Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez about a potential conflict of interest between Gill's roles with Manchester United and the FA. However, Gill dismissed the Spaniard's concerns, saying that he had been elected by the other Premier League chief executives.[5] In October 2012, David was appointed vice-chairman of the Football Association, replacing Sir Dave Richards.

In June 2014, David Gill walked out of a FIFA meeting in Brazil in protest at FIFA President Sepp Blatter, after he had labelled the British media as "racist", following serious corruption revelations published in The Sunday Times newspaper regarding the World Cup bids for Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.[6] Gill, along with a number of other European football executives, called for Blatter to resign and not to stand for a fifth term in 2015. Gill said Blatter's behavior was "totally unacceptable".[7]

UEFA[edit]

In May 2013, David Gill was elected to the UEFA Executive Committee at the 2013 UEFA Congress in London, where 53 member associations voted for candidates to fill eight seats.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Gill has two sons, Adam and Oliver, and a daughter, Jessica. Oliver signed a professional contract with Manchester United in July 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barnes, Justyn (October 2003). "A tall order". In Shaddick, Sarah. United (Manchester: Future Publishing) (134): 14. 
  2. ^ "Club Charter, Policies & Survey Reports". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Coppack, Nick (8 September 2009). "Gill's new appointment". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Pitt-Brooke, Jack (20 February 2013). "David Gill to step down as Manchester United chief executive after decade in charge". London: The Independent. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Benítez 'missed the boat' over dual-role criticisms, says United chief executive, The Guardian 14 January 2009
  6. ^ Vale, Paul (10 June 2014). "FA's David Gill Walks Out Of FIFA Executive Meeting In Brazil, Calls For Sepp Blatter To Resign". Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "UEFA's David Gill tells Sepp Blatter not to stand for re-election as FIFA president". Sky Sports News. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "David Gill elected to Uefa's top tier". The Guardian. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014.