Football Australia and the Australian Professional Leagues (APL) today announced the appointment of global football identity, Ebru Köksal, CFA, to the APL Board as a Football Australia Board Appointment .
Köksal is an experienced football and finance executive, advocate for women’s football and gender equality, who is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) UK , and also holds positions on the boards of Women in Football UK (chairman) and Doublepass BV (non-executive). She is a senior adviser at investment management firm J. Stern & Co, where she advises on football finance transactions and manages wealth management client relationships.
Ebru previously served as a member of the Scottish Football Association’s Equality and Diversity Advisory Board, CEO and board member of Galatasaray AŞ and a consultant for UEFA and FIFA. While working with FIFA, she led their Women’s Football Administration Course in 2015 as well as the Women’s Football Leaders Workshop in 2016 on behalf of Football Australia.
She was the first woman to be elected to the board of the European Club Association in 2011. Prior to working in the football industry, Ebru had a decade-long career in investment banking with Morgan Stanley, Citibank and AIG Capital partners.
Commenting on the appointment, Premier League President Paul Lederer said: “Ebru Köksal is a pioneer in the world of football and one of the most experienced experts in the industry today. It is an honor to welcome him to the Premier League Board, and we are delighted to leverage his global experience in finance and football to propel the professional game in Australia.
Ebru Köksal said: “I am delighted to join APL at such an exciting time for professional play in Australia. I look forward to contributing to the important innovation and evolution that the APL oversees. The timing couldn’t be better with the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 just a year away. There is a tremendous opportunity for the entire pyramid of women’s football to leave a legacy for the game as a whole, and women and girls in particular.
Football Australia Chairman Chris Nikou was delighted to welcome Ebru as a Football Australia appointed board member. We are delighted to have secured Ebru to join the Premier League Board as a Non-Executive Director appointed by Football Australia and look forward to continuing the strong collaboration with the Premier League to further develop the professional game. in Australia.
The appointment to the board is the latest in a series of significant milestones for the APL, which has been responsible for the operation, marketing and marketing of professional football in Australia since unbundling from football’s governing body. in December 2020.
Since APL took over management of the professional game, it has completed its first independent season, signed a major broadcast deal with Paramount; secured naming rights partners in Isuzu UTE Australia and Liberty Financial for men’s and women’s competitions, announced women’s league expansion; and signed a historic collective bargaining agreement with Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) which sets unprecedented standards for professional players in Australia.
Ebru Köksal, who is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from Brown University, will take office with immediate effect following unanimous support for her nomination by the Board of Directors. administration of the PLA.