The Football Association of Ireland has appointed Mark Russell as Commercial Director.
Russell joins the team in Abbottstown after spending seven years at Aviva Ireland, as Group Sponsorship Manager
He has led Aviva’s award-winning sponsorship campaigns with the FAI that have boosted participation numbers in women’s football through the support of the Soccer Sisters programme and the Republic of Ireland Women’s Senior Team.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the FAI at this exciting time,” said Russell.
“With the UEFA 2020 European Championships and the FAI Centenary on the horizon, it feels like the beginning of a historic chapter in the life of the Association.”
“I am looking to forward to joining the team and to working with the great portfolio of sponsors who are supporting the FAI.”
“I’m delighted that Mark has joined the Association and I’m sure that his experience and energy will help us to reach new heights,” added FAI CEO John Delaney.
“Mark will join an executive team who are driving the Association forward on all levels and I’m sure that his influence will be seen quite quickly through a number of important projects.”
Other recent appointments in the FAI has seen Rea Walshe promoted to Corporate Affairs and Licensing Director, Barry Gleeson promoted as Operations Director, Holi Smith come in as International Football Operations Manager, Pippa Weld announced as Legal Manager, and Gareth Maher leading the Communications Department forward.