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Inter Milan big hitter joins board of Goals

GoalsInter Milan chief executive and former Manchester United official Michael Bolingbroke has signed up with five-as-side company Goals Soccer Centres.

He will join as senior independent non-executive director on 13 June.

Mr Bolingbroke joined the Italian Serie A league team in 2014 and has established a business culture and commercial strategy which has led to increases in both revenues and EBITDA, as well as significantly expanding the club’s international fan base.

Prior to joining Inter Milan, he spent seven years as chief operating officer of Manchester United , where he oversaw day-to-day management and operations of the club including venue operations and facility development.

Mr Bolingbroke was previously a senior vice-president at Cirque du Soleil and a senior vice-president at The Jim Henson Company, the business behind the Muppets. He is also a qualified chartered accountant and spent four years as an audit manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Nick Basing, chairman, commented: “Following a wide ranging and exhaustive search for a new senior independent director, I’m delighted that Michael will be joining the board.

“He is an exceptional appointment as his outstanding career demonstrates and a perfect fit.  Michael will bring significant experience and value, as we seek the many opportunities ahead of us.

Mr Bolingbroke said: I am delighted to be joining Goals at this important time in its development. I am passionate about all forms of the game and pleased to now be involved in this fast-developing area of the sport. I look forward to helping the company realise its significant potential.”

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