Vancouver Whitecaps FC will formally introduce the club's new chief executive officer Paul Barber to the media at Vancouver's Westin Bayshore hotel on Wednesday morning. *Please be advised that this event is open to media only.*
On March 8, Barber joined Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi and chief operating officer Rachel Lewis in heading up the Whitecaps executive team, as the club moves towards 2011 and their inaugural season in Major League Soccer (MLS). The 42-year-old will act as the primary representative within the club for the Vancouver MLS 2011 ownership group, and bring world-class experience and leadership to the club's business and soccer operations.
Prior to joining the Whitecaps, Barber served as executive director of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club of the English Premier League, having joined the North London club’s board of directors back in 2005. Reporting to executive chairman, Daniel Levy, Barber was responsible for all of Tottenham's key operational divisions, including commercial areas, ticketing and hospitality, international tours and friendly matches, and the club's soccer development area, which included domestic and international coaching programs and soccer camps.
A native of North London, England, Barber has also worked with the London host city group that is supporting England’s efforts to stage the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup. He also serves on the board of Rose Bowl plc - parent company of Hampshire County Cricket Club - as a non-executive director.
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About Vancouver Whitecaps FC
In 1974, Vancouver Whitecaps FC played their inaugural season in the North American Soccer League, and in 1979, the club won the NASL Soccer Bowl championship. From 1987 to 1992, as a member of the Canadian Soccer League, Vancouver won four straight CSL titles. In 2002, the Whitecaps created a full club model that encompasses professional teams for men and women, extensive youth development and grassroots participation programs, facility development, and the Whitecaps Foundation to support specific initiatives related to health and wellness through soccer. Since 2004, the Whitecaps have won two United Soccer Leagues First Division championships and two USL W-League championships. In 2011, Vancouver will play their inaugural season in Major League Soccer.