Ferran Soriano

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Soriano and the second or maternal family name is Compte.
Ferran Soriano
Personal details
Born Ferran Soriano i Compte
(1967-06-16) June 16, 1967 (age 49)
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Alma mater Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. MBA (1990); Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York. MBA (1989); ESADE, Barcelona. CE+MBA (1985–1990)

CEO Manchester City (2012–) CEO New York City FC (2014–) CEO Melbourne City FC (2014–) Previously: Chairman at Spanair (2009–2012);

Vice-President FC Barcelona (2003–2008); founding partner of Cluster Consulting (1994–2003)

Ferran Soriano i Compte (born June 16, 1967 in Barcelona) 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.


Ferran Soriano is an MBA and Business studies graduate at ESADE, the New York RPI and Université Catholique de Louvain of Belgium.

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.[1] 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.[2]

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 [3] and he claims the club will break even in the 2013-14 season.[4] Soriano replaced Manager Roberto Mancini with Manuel Pellegrini and tasked him to win “five trophies in five years”.[5] 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.[6]


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".[7] 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.[7] None of this happened, and in contrast FC Barcelona President resigned in January 2014 [8]

In February 2013, Soriano was accused by the FC Barcelona board led by Rosell of authorising payments for "spying" during his time as vice-president of Barcelona.[9] A judge cleared Soriano of these allegations [10]

On September 2014 Soriano was blamed in Spanair’s bankruptcy case, but Provincial Court overturned the decision freeing him. Appeal judges concluded that Spanair’s directives tried to save the company and the bankruptcy was “fortuitous”.[11]


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