We're pleased to announce that Football Australia CEO, James Johnson, will provide the keynote address at the 2021 FV Community in Business (CIB) Member Breakfast on Friday, March 26.
James Johnson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Football Australia in January 2020. A qualified lawyer and retired footballer, James is a sports administrator who has represented governing bodies, clubs and players.
Immediately prior to James joining Football Australia, he was Senior Vice President of External Affairs with the City Football Group (CFG) where he took a leadership role in advancing the group ownership’s interests globally with stakeholder bodies (both football and non-football entities), including advising the group on compliance with competition regulator’s rules.
Before joining CFG, he was Head of Professional football at International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), where he managed the secretariat of the Football Stakeholders Committee. At FIFA, he established relationships with international clubs, leagues and players.
Previously, James was Director of International Relations and Development at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). At AFC he oversaw relationships with Asia’s 46 national associations, development activities, as well as ethics and integrity at the organisation. He also worked for Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), managing strategic relationships with professional footballer players and legal affairs.
As a lawyer, James practiced in the private sector in corporate governance, industrial relations and commercial litigation. He has a degree in business administration, minoring in finance, from Boston University (USA), a Juris Doctorate (Hons) from Bond University (Australia) and a legal diploma from the College of Law (Australia).
James has been a featured speaker at sports conferences across the globe and recently received international recognition through the Leaders Under 40 Awards which recognise the best global talent in the sports business.
As a footballer, James represented Australia at a youth level and has played for various clubs in Australia, Asia and the USA.
The FV CIB Member Breakfast will be held at Studley Grounds, Kew on Friday 26 March. The event is exclusively for 2021 CIB members and is one of the many benefits provided across the year.
FV CIB is the perfect entry point for any business looking to support football in Victoria. It provides an exclusive membership benefits program, multiple connectivity channels and terrific networking opportunities for like-minded people to do business and share a passion for the world game.
Explore the program to discover how it can provide your organisation with unparalleled networking opportunities with key stakeholders within football in Victoria including businesses, football clubs, media and government.