Why Sydney FC CEO is stepping down after 10 years at the club

Sydney FC CEO Adam Santo has announced he will step down from his position after 10 years of service with the club.

Santo joined the A-Leagues outfit in July 2013 as Chief Financial Officer before also serving as Chief Operating Officer and progressing to Chief Executive Officer in May 2022.

His tenure in the top job has seen the Sky Blues return to a brand new Allianz Stadium, break their membership record, win a Championship and Premiership double in the Liberty A-League as well as opening their state of the art Centre of Excellence, Sky Park.

“Adam has shown incredible dedication to the club over the past ten years and on behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Adam for his hard work and contribution,” said Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow.

“Adam’s departure provides the club with an opportunity to bring in a new CEO who will lead the club through our next phase of growth.

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“Over his 10 years with the club, Adam has successfully progressed through a number of senior roles and most recently into the CEO position. He led the club during a crucial period and was responsible for the delivery of important strategic objectives.

“Adam departs with our best wishes and I would like to wish Adam all the very best for the future.”

Santo has revealed his reasons for stepping down after a decade with the club.

“It has been a privilege to have spent the past ten years at this great football club,” he said.

“I would like to thank Chairman Scott Barlow and the Board of Sydney FC for their support.

“I have worked tirelessly over many years to ensure this club is successful both on and off the field. I am proud of where the club is today and I believe it is now time for a change and for me to find a new challenge.

“It was always an ambition of mine to work in football and I will depart the club with so many great memories and achievements.”

In their statement, Sydney FC confirmed they have started their search for a new CEO, while Santo will remain at the club until the process is completed to ensure a smooth transition.