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David A. Gill (born 5 August 1957) is Britishmarker football executive, currently Chief Executive of Manchester United F.C. and a board member of The Football Association. He served as vice-chairman of the G-14 management committee until the G-14 was disbanded.


Born in Readingmarker, Berkshire, Gill studied at the University of Birminghammarker, becoming a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhousemarker in 1981. After a two-year spell in San Franciscomarker, he left the firm in 1986 to join The BOC Group in its corporate finance department, and then Avis Rent a Car System in 1990. At Avis, he was responsible for the disposal of the European leasing business to GE Capital for US$1 billion in August 1992. Subsequently, he was finance director at Proudfoot PLC, the worldwide management consulting business, then quoted on the London Stock Exchange, and then at First Choice Holidays PLC, the third largest UKmarker tour operator, before joining Manchester United F.C. in 1997.

Manchester United

Gill joined Manchester United PLC in 1997 as finance director. In August 2000, he was promoted to deputy chief executive whilst retaining his responsibilities as finance director. In July 2001, Nick Humby was appointed finance director of Manchester United PLC, so Gill was promoted again this time to the title of Group Managing Director, allowing him to concentrate on managing the day-to-day operations of the business (including sponsorship & marketing, business development, financial services, conference & catering, ticketing & membership and group property).

In September 2003, after the departure of previous Chief Executive Peter Kenyon to Chelsea F.C., Gill was promoted to Chief Executive of Manchester United PLC. In 2005, he was appointed Chief Executive of the private limited company, Manchester United Ltd, that succeeded Manchester United PLC after the takeover by Malcolm Glazer.

Gill was also vice-chairman of the management committee of the now defunct G-14, an organisation of leading European football clubs. However, in September 2009, he was elected to a two-year place on the board of the European Club Association, the organisation created to replace the G-14.

The Football Association

On 2 June 2006, Gill was elected onto the board of The Football Association, replacing Arsenal F.C. vice-chairman David Dein. Gill said he was delighted to be working with the other board members of the Football Association. One of the first issues he had to deal with was the "club-vs.-country" row over Wayne Rooney's foot at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Questions were raised by Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez about a potential conflict of interest between Gill's roles with Manchester United and the FA. However, Gill dismissed the Spaniard's concerns, saying that he had been elected by the other Premier League chief executives.

Personal life

Gill has two sons, Adam and Oliver and a daughter, Jessica, 13. Oliver is eighteen years old and has recently signed a professional contract with Manchester United F.C.


  1. {{cite web |title=Club Charter, Policies & Survey Reports |url={64C9DA87-66A5-4B42-9DBC-5AFE8DE80D9A} | |publisher=Manchester United |accessdate=8 September 2009 }}
  2. {{cite news |first=Nick |last=Coppack |title=Gill's new appointment |url={F9E570E6-407E-44BC-800F-4A3110258114}&newsid=6639209 | |publisher=Manchester United |date=8 September 2009 |accessdate=8 September 2009 }}
  3. [ Benítez 'missed the boat' over dual-role criticisms, says United chief executive, The Guardian 14 January 2009

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