Manchester City have announced that Ferran Soriano, former vice-chairman and chief executive officer at Barcelona, has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective from September 1, 2012.
A statement on the City site read: "Ferran has worked for several multinational companies across Europe and America and has more than 20 years of strategic consultancy and executive experience in football, telecommunications, consumer goods and aviation."
Speaking of the appointment, Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: "The process of finding a Chief Executive Officer has been deliberate, far reaching and exhaustive. In Ferran we have our preferred candidate. His experience in football and in the wider commercial world make him exceptionally well equipped to lead Manchester City through its continued evolution.
"It is important to recognise and thank the Board, the Executive Leadership Team and in particular, Interim Chief Executive, John MacBeath, for their hard work during the search period."
Soriano said: "I am delighted to take up the position of Chief Executive Officer of Manchester City Football Club. The vision of the owner together with his commitment, and that of the Chairman and Board, make this opportunity absolutely compelling.
The Club has incredible potential to be fulfilled both on and off the field. I very much look forward to playing my part to ensure that happens."