With FFA CEO David Gallop signalling his intent to depart Oxford Street, FTBL has scanned the CEO talent pool. Could one of these be our next national governing body supremo?
It could be time for this corporate star from Victorian to finally work in football.
“Pepe” Abraam was a pacy winger in the old NSL, but his real talent lay in the corporate world and he now has 25 years of top-level experience in senior corporate roles.
He made his name reinvigorating Victoria as CEO of the Victorian Major Events. From 1995, he developed the Event Planning and Operations portfolios for Melbourne's Formula 1 Grand Prix and MotoGP.
And he provided strategic advice throughout the Sydney 2000 Olympics, before spending 10 years based in Abu Dhabi as Executive Director of a large conglomerate, Royal Group.
A genuine football lover and a decent person with great connections and respect across the corporate world, he currently works for Findex as Group Executive Advisor.
Is it time for a female CEO?
If so, Moriarty would surely rank high.
Moriarty is a business owner, social investor, and author, and was named Winner Business Enterprise in the 2015 Financial Review/Westpac Australian 100 Women of Influence Awards.
Well-respected and a genuinely positive voice in the game, her elevation to FFA’s Women’s Council as Independent Chair shows her popularity.
Her love of football is well known and she’s one of the most articulate and savvy media voices having worked in the media herself.
Perhaps it may be too early for her this time with her role at the Council perhaps more important right now, but she could be a future FFA CEO.
The legal professional and sports admin has made a name for himself with the PFA, where he was appointed CEO in 2016, and FFA, where he was Legal Counsel 10 years ago.
The Harvard Business School grad worked has also been Director of Football and General Counsel at Melbourne Heart/City.
And being a former player in the early 90s, Geelong-born Didulica has plenty of skin in the game.
Last month, his stocks rose even more after becoming an Arbitrator for the International Court of Arbitration for Sport.