|Born||Ferran Soriano i Compte
June 16, 1967
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
|Alma mater||Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. MBA (1990); Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York. MBA (1989); ESADE, Barcelona. CE+MBA (1985–1990)|
|Occupation||CEO Manchester City (2012–),CEO Melbourne City FC (2014–). Previously: Chairman at Spanair (2009–2012); Vice-President at FC Barcelona (2003–2008); founding partner of Cluster Consulting (1994–2003)|
Ferran Soriano i Compte (born in Barcelona, on June 16, 1967) is the Chief Executive Officer of the Premier League's Manchester City F.C., Major League Soccer's New York City F.C., and the A-League's Melbourne City FC. Between 2003 and 2008, he was the Vice-President and General Manager of FC Barcelona.
He speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.
Soriano has held a number of positions in companies in a variety of industries, such as consumer products, telecommunications and entertainment, and has held senior positions at The Mac Group, Reckitt Benckiser, and Cluster Consulting, a management consulting firm he co-founded in 1993.
Between 2003 and 2008, Soriano was Economy Vice President of Barcelona, having been elected with the Joan Laporta’s ticket to the club's Board of Directors. He also acted as interim CEO. Barcelona's revenues, during Soriano's tenure, increased from €123 million to €308m, while a €73m loss was turned into an €88m profit. On July 6th, 2008, Soriano and seven other Board Members resigned, after a vote of non-confidence against the Board, amidst growing disagreement with Laporta’s "leadership style."
In April 2009, Soriano was elected Chairman of the Catalonia-based airline Spanair, rescued by the Catalan government from SAS with the objective of creating a hub in the Barcelona airport. Revenue improved and the company started cutting costs, but, on 27 January 2012, after a deal with Qatar Airways fell through, the airline ceased operations.
On 1 September 2012, Soriano was appointed Manchester City F.C. CEO. In the first year and months of his tenure, Manchester City has cut its losses in half  and he claims the club will break even in the 2013-14 season. Soriano substituted Manager Roberto Mancini for Manuel Pellegrini and ask him to win “five trophies in five years”. In the same period City has bought an MLS franchise in New York to create New York City FC and an existing football club in Australia (Melbourne Heart FC) initiating the club’s expansion strategy.
In January 2013, Barcelona president Sandro Rosell stated that "Manchester City have attempted to entice a number of staff from the Nou Camp", but added "there were no fish left". Rosell alleged that the Manchester club tried, in an "offensive" approach, to sign players "from all levels of Barcelona's structure," and also other employees of the Catalan side. None of this happened, and in contrast FC Barcelona President resigned on January 2014 
In February 2013, Soriano was accused by the FC Barcelona board lead by Rosell of authorising payments for "spying" during his time as vice-president of Barcelona. A judge cleared Soriano of these allegations 
On 18 September 2014, a Barcelona court banned Soriano from "managing other people's wealth" for two years in Spain on account of the collapse of Spanair. Soriano and 10 other former Spanair board members were also fined a total of £8.5m by the court.
- "Ferran Soriano is the man to match Manchester City's ambitions". The National. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
- "Spanair shutdown strands 23,000 travelers". United Press International. January 28, 2012.
- "Manchester City Halves Annual Loss as Revenue Rises to Record". Bloomberg. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "City confident they can break even next year and comply with financial fair play rules". Daily Mail. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "Manchester City tell Manuel Pellegrini 'win five trophies in five years'". The guardian. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "Manchester City Football Club to acquire Melbourne Heart FC in partnership with owners of Melbourne Storm". Manchester City. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "Manchester City 'Fishing' For Barcelona Staff, Says Sandro Rosell", Huffington Post, 15 January 2013
- "FC Barcelona president Rosell resigns". Euronews. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "Ferran Soriano, Manchester City Chief Executive, Accused Of 'Spying' At Barcelona", Huffington Post, 20 February 2013
- "City chief Soriano makes leap to clearing name over Barca 'spying' allegations". Daily Mail. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "Manchester City's Ferran Soriano blamed in bankruptcy case", BBC News, 18 September 2014
- La pilota no entra per atzar, Ferran Soriano's personal website (in Catalan)