Sydney FC Appoints New Board Members

By Community | May 10, 2012

Sydney FC has appointed businessman Michale Crismale and former Federal Sports Minister Mark Arbib to its board.

There have been major changes to the structure of the A-League club recently. Last week, David Traktovenko became majority stakeholder and his son-in-law, Scott Barlow, was appointed Chairman, following the departure of Paul Ramsay, while Chris Rex and Elliott Rusanow resigned from the board.

Scott Barlow said: “Both men [Crismale and Arbib] bring invaluable experience that will complement the skills of the current board members and they both share a genuine and long-held passion for football and Sydney FC.”

“I’m extremely excited about joining the board at Sydney FC,” Arbib said. “I’m passionate about football and believe Sydney FC has a big future in the A-League but also contributing to the local community. I am excited to be able to help them do both. I believe professional sports clubs can play a vital role in increasing the participation levels of kids and helping Sydney FC engage with the community and build even stronger links at grassroots level will be a focus of mine.”

Crismale said: “I’m honoured to be invited to join the board to help Sydney FC engage with all stakeholders of the game. I was a Foundation Board Member and have remained a keen supporter since the start of the A-League. I now look forward to combining my business and sports administration knowledge with my passion for the club to help take Sydney FC forward.”

The club will make announcements about further additions to the Sydney FC board in the near future.

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