Vancouver Whitecaps CEO Paul Barber Resigns Post But Leaves Club in Strong Position

December 13, 2011

Paul Barber of Vancouver Whitecaps FC believes his resignation will not overtly affect the Major League Soccer club, as the League and commercial opportunities are steadily building.

Barber, the chief executive officer, will resign his post from February 29, 2012. Barber joined Whitecaps from English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur FC in February 2010.

Since then, the 44-year-old native of London, England, has overseen the club’s transition to Major League Soccer, including the club’s move into the newly renovated BC Place Stadium in October 2011.

Speaking exclusively to iSportconnect, Paul Barber, said: “It’s been a fascinating two years for me working in North American soccer. The game continues to grow and improve rapidly with participation, crowds, TV audiences and sponsorship revenues improving in key markets.

“In particular, the Vancouver market, with the third highest attendances in MLS in 2011 and world class commercial and broadcast partners in place, has really taken to Major League Soccer and is set to build on the great foundations we’ve laid.”

Jeff Mallett, co-owner of Vancouver Whitecaps FC, added: “On behalf of Vancouver Whitecaps FC, I would like to thank Paul for his two years of service at the club. Paul and his executive team played a crucial role in the evolution of the club into Major League Soccer in 2011. Paul’s contributions to the club are numerous and will have a positive impact for years to come. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

As CEO, Barber was the senior operating executive liaison with the club’s ownership group and Major League Soccer. Chief operating officer Rachel Lewis will assume these responsibilities along with Vancouver Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi.