New York City FC has named Jon Patricof as the team’s new president. The former president and chief operating officer of Tribeca Enterprises, parent company of Tribeca Film Festival and related activities, Patricof will take up the post in March, prior to the start of the team’s second Major League Soccer season.
NYCFC President Tom Glick will continue in his role until March and will remain in New York through Spring 2016, working with Patricof in the early months of transition. Glick will, later in the year, assume a role overseeing commercial activities across the whole City Football Group.
Patricof, a native New Yorker, helped to develop Tribeca Enterprises over the last 11 years into a globally recognized media company, growing the Festival into a major New York and global institution. He has spearheaded numerous partnerships including an investment by Madison Square Garden into Tribeca in 2014 and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, a very successful multi-year partnership with ESPN. Previously, he was an executive in the Strategic Planning Department at The Walt Disney Company.
He will report to Ferran Soriano, CEO of City Football Group and Managing Director of NYCFC, who oversaw the recruitment process in consultation with Vice Chairman Marty Edelman and the wider NYCFC board.
“We are extremely pleased that Jon has agreed to join the Club. He has a fantastic feel for the New York community and rich experience across business and entertainment,” said Edelman. “Over a relatively short time, he has done an exceptional job with Tribeca and we believe he is the right person to lead the Club into the next phase of our history.”
“I cannot wait to get started at NYCFC; a great Club that has already had a significant impact on the New York community in its first year,” Patricof said. “There are tremendous opportunities for growth and I am looking forward to working with Patrick, Claudio and the front office team to deliver a great experience for our fans, partners and for New Yorkers.”