Marina Granovskaia is a Russian-Canadian who is currently a director at Chelsea F.C. She was responsible for brokering the team's sponsorship deal with Nike, that will fund £60m per year to the club until 2022.
Granovskaia was a student at a Moscow school which specialised in music and dance, in which there were compulsory lessons, but offered students no sports. She graduated six months after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and studied in the Foreign Languages Faculty of Moscow State University.
Granovskaia started working as Roman Abramovich's PA at his oil company, and later became involved in transfers and contractual dealings for Chelsea FC. Her task of managing transfers sometimes put her at odds with managers who had their own ideas of who to sell or buy during the transfer window. Granovskaia was promoted to chief executive of Chelsea FC in 2014. According to The Times, her promotion made her the "most powerful woman in football."
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