Report: Barclays director Chris Pilling shortlisted as new FA CEO

27 March 2019

The FA new director candidates Chris Pilling
Photo: Getty Images The Football Association is on the search for a candidate to replace Martin Glenn as CEO. Until now two candidates have been mentioned in the press.

According to Sky News, Chris Pilling, a non-executive director of Barclays, is on the shortlist of possible candidates for the FA chief executive role.

New CEO expected to be named by end of the season. Last week another internal candidate was mentioned to be in line for the job.

Peter Høyer ph@offthepitch.com

Chris Pilling is on the final list of candidates to replace Martin Glenn as CEO of The Football Association, according to a Sky News report.

Without naming sources, the TV station said the non-executive director of Barclays is being considered for the role by the FA board, led by chairman Greg Clarke. The decision as to who will be the new CEO is expected to be announced by the end of the season when Glenn ends his tenure.

Pilling has been at Barclays since the beginning of last year. He has held numerous non-executive roles since 1987 in companies such as British Airways and HSBC. He has also been the CEO of First Direct and Yorkshire Building Society Group. Pilling has a degree in geography from the University of Cambridge.

Serious contender

The final shortlist for the new FA CEO role now includes two names, since reports earlier this week said Mark Bullingham, the current commercial director of the FA, was considered a serious contender for one of the most important senior positions in English football.

Prior to joining the FA in 2016, Bullingham was the CEO of a sports and entertainment marketing agency. Bullingham is currently leading the FA commercial team as it seeks a title sponsor for the England senior men's squad.