Former Sunderland chief Martin Bain appointed FSDL CEO

Martin Bain has previously served as the CEO of Rangers FC, Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Sunderland AFC, and also the director of the Scottish Premier League.

Bain comes with over 25 years of experience having held top positions at various football clubs and leagues globally.   -  ISL MEDIA

Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), the commercial partner of the Indian Super League (ISL), announced the appointment of Martin Bain as its chief executive officer (CEO) on Saturday.

Bain comes with over 25 years of experience having held top positions at various football clubs and leagues globally.

The 51-year-old Scotsman has played a crucial role in developing the sport as the CEO of his home club Rangers FC while also serving a three-year term as director of the Scottish Premier League. Martin served as the CEO of Maccabi Tel-Aviv between 2014-16 when the club qualified for the UEFA Champions League.

He then went to the English Premiership as CEO of Sunderland AFC in his most recent assignment. The club suffered relegations in successive seasons into the League One, which saw him relieved from the position.

Nita Ambani, chairperson, FSDL, said: “I welcome Martin to India and at FSDL. Martin brings with him vast experience of being a successful administrator and I am sure his know-how of the global sport will immensely help the Indian football.”

Bain on his appointment said: “Indian football has progressed rapidly over the last few years. The world has taken notice of India and the potential it holds. I am very eager at the prospect of what the Indian football can achieve under the guidance of Mrs. Nita Ambani and I am immensely happy to be presented with this opportunity to work on her vision for the sport in the country.”
 

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