FA Confirm Stuart Turner to Step Down as FA Group Commercial Director
By iSportconnect | November 6, 2015
The Football Association (FA) has announced that Stuart Turner will be stepping down from his role as FA Group commercial director at the end of the season.
Turner has spent 11 years at the FA, ed joining as head of broadcast in September 2004 and going on to become FA Group commercial director in June 2011 and a Wembley National Stadium Limited Director in September 2015.
He will officially step down after the 2016 FA Cup final.
Giving his decisions for stepping down, Turner said: “Having worked 11 years at The FA, which has included four cycles of domestic and overseas broadcast sales and two sponsorship cycles, I feel that it’s time to seek new opportunities across the sports industry.
“However in the intervening months before I leave The FA, there is much to do in terms of broadcast and sponsorship sales and in helping Martin Glenn and the rest of the Executive develop our new structure, which will do so much to transform football in this country.
“Once we’re through that period I’ll reflect more fully on my time at The FA, but suffice to say that I’m honoured to have served here.”
FA Chief Executive Officer Martin Glenn said: “When Stuart came to see me with his decision, I was naturally disappointed but I fully respect his decision to seek new challenges away from The FA.
“Stuart has done much to transform the fortunes of The FA since he arrived and over £1.5bn in attributable revenue in that time is testament to that.
“We both thought it important however to get the news out early, not least in order that we can find a replacement for Stuart, a process with which he has agreed to help. That process starts now, but in the meantime, Stuart will lead the commercial division and it’s very much business as usual.”