Burnley’s David Baldwin has been named as Premier League CEO of the Year by the Football Business awards.
And he will now compete with four others next month to land the overall title of fcbusiness CEO of the Year.
The finalists for this year’s awards are: David Baldwin (Burnley FC), Alistair Mackintosh (Fulham FC), Erik Samuelson (AFC Wimbledon), Andy Holt (Accrington Stanley) and Ann Budge (Heart of Midlothian)
The CEO from each league was nominated by a panel at fcbusiness for their leadership throughout the 2017/18 season.
Each winner will receive their award at a glitzy ceremony on 22nd November at City Centre at the HAC in London, where the overall winner is announced on the night.
Football Business Awards organiser, Simon Burton, said: “Leadership is a vital component in stable football business.
“The shortlisted CEO’s don’t just embody strong commerce acumen, but a clear sense that football clubs are at the heart of the communities they serve.
“Those nominated are exceptional individuals who have received the acclaim of their peers.
Recognising the valuable contribution of the game’s executives in the UK has seen fcbusiness present the CEO of the Year Award each year since 2012, with winners including the likes of; Daniel Levy (Tottenham Hotspur) Ivan Gazidiz (Arsenal), Karren Brady (West Ham United), Mark Catlin, (Portsmouth) and Tony Scholes (Stoke City) to name a few.
fcbusiness Editor and Football Business Awards judge, Aaron Gourley, said: “Choosing the nominees for this award gets more difficult each year as clubs continue to grow and develop at an exceptional rate and the standards set in previous years are matched by those chosen for this year’s awards.
“The CEO of the Year is one of the most prized in football and through their hard work and dedication each of the nominees has led their respective clubs to achieve outstanding performances both on and off the pitch.
“The Football Business Awards are a fantastic way of recognising the efforts of everyone involved in the business side of the beautiful game and I’m sure, as each of our CEO’s would testify, they would not be in line for an award without them.”
Jason Thomas, CEO of tappit, this year’s award sponsor, commented: “We’re proud to support the Football Business Awards this year by sponsoring the coveted CEO of the Year award.
“As a team of passionate football fans ourselves, we are committed to working with clubs who are passionate about gaining fan insight, increasing profits and ultimately improving the fan experience. We look forward to honouring those recognised as the most impressive leaders in football.”