AC Milan have ‘proudly’ unveiled Arsenal’s Ivan Gazidis as their new Chief Executive Officer, a revolutionary appointment for the Serie A outfit that promises to be a fruitful addition to the Rossoneri family.
A founding member of Major League Soccer, Gazidis joined the Gunners in 2009 and transformed the north-Londoners into a financially stable business model, whilst doubling their net value in the process.
However on Tuesday afternoon, the proven CEO stepped down from his position at the Emirates to pursue Milan’s long-standing proposal, ending an era in the Premier League that spanned nearly a decade.
Gazidis will take the baton from Milan’s current Executive President Paolo Scaroni on December 1st, and though Gazidis has achieved remarkable feats in his career thus far, the 54-year-old is ultimately raring to sink his teeth into a new, innovative project at the San Siro.
Upon the ground-breaking announcement that will deeply alter the foundations of both clubs, Scaroni proclaimed to the media (via Milan’s official website):
“On behalf of the Board and the entire AC Milan community, we proudly welcome Ivan Gazidis to the club. The CEO role is one we have prioritised from day one of this project and one we have worked diligently upon to get right.
“Ivan Gazidis will bring an unparalleled level of business acumen and football industry experience to the club. He helped establish professional football in the United States; he brought Arsenal to new heights; and we can’t wait for him to get started here in Milan. The fundamentals are now in place for success, which we recognize will take time, hard work, and perseverance.”
In relation to his drive and ambition to succeed at Milan once he fulfils his latest position, Gazidis elatedly responded to the revelation.
“I am very excited to take on this new challenge, and will do everything I can to secure AC Milan’s return to the top.” He said.
“I have a head start in this project thanks to the talented players, hard-working staff, and the sporting leadership of Leonardo De Araujo, Paolo Maldini and Gennaro Gattuso. I am grateful for the trust placed in me by Chairman Paolo Scaroni, the AC Milan board, and the club’s owners.”