Marina Granovskaia

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Marina Granovskaia

Marina Granovskaia is a Russian-Canadian who is currently a director at Chelsea F.C.[1] She was responsible for brokering the team's sponsorship deal with Nike, that will fund £60m per year to the club until 2022.[2]

Early life[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

Granovskaia started working as Roman Abramovich's PA at his oil company,[3] and later became involved in transfers and contractual dealings for Chelsea FC.[4] 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.[5] Granovskaia was promoted to chief executive of Chelsea FC in 2014.[6] According to The Times, her promotion made her the "most powerful woman in football."[7]


  1. ^ "Marina Granovskaia". Chelsea FC.
  2. ^ "Chelsea confirm huge £60m-a-year deal with Nike until 2032". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Chelsea's Crack Team Plans". Mail Today. 12 October 2016. Archived from the original on 2017-09-21. Retrieved 20 September 2017 – via HighBeam Research.
  4. ^ "Woman Leading Roman's Search". Mail on Sunday. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2017 – via EBSCOhost.
  5. ^ Benjamin Newman "Why Marina Granovskaia & Antonio Conte’s relationship at Chelsea is over" 101 Great Goals, 26 January 2018
  6. ^ "Football's First Lady". Evening Standard. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2017 – via EBSCOhost.
  7. ^ Hughes, Matt (23 October 2014). "Abramovich's leading lady set to run Chelsea's off-field operations". The Times. Retrieved 20 September 2017 – via EBSCOhost.