MILAN – FC Internazionale Milano President Erick Thohir announced today that he has appointed seasoned sports and entertainment executive Michael Bolingbroke as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Club. The 48 year old Bolingbroke will join Inter in August after having completed his stint as Chief Operating Officer for the English Premier League side Manchester United.
“I am very excited to bring a leader of Michael’s expertise and stature to our club,” said Inter President Thohir. “Michael has my complete faith, trust and confidence. He is the perfect person to execute the vision shared by the Moratti family and myself of Inter as a truly global brand. I look forward to working with him as we build a foundation for future success.”
Bolingbroke brings his extensive leadership qualities to the organization. His focus will include implementing best practices in the industry, increasing the reach and depth of penetration of the Inter brand globally, and improving engagement with fans. Bolingbroke joins the strong management team at Inter that includes Managing Director Marco Fassone, Vice President Angelomario Moratti and Vice President Javier Zanetti, together with Michael Williamson, Piero Ausilio and Giorgio Ricci.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be offered this opportunity”, said Bolingbroke. “Inter is one of the strongest brands in football with a heritage to match. I can’t wait to get started and look forward to working alongside the management team in place.”
At Manchester United, Bolingbroke was responsible for ticketing, hospitality, match and non-matchday operations, club secretarial functions, property management and corporate services including finance, human resources, legal and information technology. He was also a board member of MUTV, the club’s TV channel, and a trustee on the Board of the Club’s Pension Fund. In addition, Bolingbroke was on the Board of Manchester United Limited’s joint venture partnership with Nike. He was also Chairman of the Club’s charitable Foundation.
“I’m excited to have someone with the knowledge and experience of Michael joining the Inter team”, said Managing Director Marco Fassone. “I look forward to working closely with him as we grow Inter together.”
Prior to joining Manchester United, Bolingbroke was the Senior Vice President, Shows at Cirque du Soleil, where he worked from 2001 to 2007 managing the strategy, profitability and operations of the Company’s global business comprising fixed and touring shows. Prior to joining Cirque du Soleil, Mr. Bolingbroke was the Senior Vice President, Operations at the Jim Henson Company, where he worked from 1992 to 2001.
Bolingbroke was awarded a degree in Economics from Reading University in 1987 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990 with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He also gained an MBA from the London Business School in 2001, which was awarded with Distinction.
Bolingbroke has lived and worked in the UK, the Netherlands, the U.S. and Canada and is married with two children.