The Board of Football Federation Australia (FFA) has appointed football executive and former youth international, James Johnson, as its new Chief Executive, replacing the outgoing David Gallop.
Most recently the Senior Vice President of External Affairs with the City Football Group (CFG), Johnson is an experienced seasoned and experienced executive in football having worked for all the major football stakeholder groups including world football governing body FIFA, the Asian Football Confederation and the Professional Footballers Australia.
Announcing the appointment, FFA Chair, Chris Nikou, stated: “having run a domestic and international executive search, and in a strong field of candidates, we have no doubt James is the right person for the role.
“We are thrilled that he is coming back to Australia at this important time for the game.
“Football is in James’ soul.
“He has demonstrated that he is a collaborative leader and team player and brings global and local experience and networks to the FFA.
“Importantly he also understands the importance of developmental pathways and the grassroots of the code having on the ground experience representing Australia as a member of the 1999 U-17 “Joeys” National Team and having risen through the ranks of football in Queensland in the 1990’s.
“He is one of the few leaders in the sport who has spent his playing and executive career within the various stakeholder groups associated with football and in this time of change we think that matters.
James has been at the centre of many major industry negotiations, managing multi-stakeholder situations and projects including currently representing Manchester City Football Club (MCFC) within the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and European Clubs Association (ECA) bodies in the ongoing reforms to the competition format, match calendar, financial distribution model and qualification pathway to the UEFA Champions League.
“In 2016, James received international recognition when Leaders™ listed him as one of its ‘Leaders under 40’ across all sports and he is also considered as having played a meaningful role in supporting the global leagues to form the World Leagues Forum.”
Looking forward to his role, Johnson added: “Australian football is my first football community – I grew up here, I first watched football here, I’ve played here, and I built the basis of my football administration career here.
“I see my appointment as a responsibility to the game.
“I am looking forward to working with the Member Federations, the Women’s Council and all stakeholders across the game to build the unified and prosperous future the game deserves.
“We have much to do, and together we will build a shared vision for the future.
“One where the fans are engaged, the players fulfil their potential and the clubs at all levels thrive.”
Johnson will commence in the role in January.