Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been appointed to two influential posts at the top of the game in Europe.

He has been named by the European Club Association (ECA) as their representative on UEFA’s primary policy-making body – the UEFA Professional Strategy Council. Consequently, Gazidis will also take up a seat on the ECA Executive Board. The ECA represents the interests of Europe’s top 207 teams. This includes 10 Premier League sides.

This appointment follows the decision of Manchester united CEO David Gill to step down from his position on the ECA Executive Board.

Commenting on the appointment of Gazidis, ECA chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “I am pleased to welcome Ivan Gazidis on the ECA Executive Board. His experience and distinct football knowledge will add a lot of value to ECA and European club football as a whole.”

Gazidis said: “I am delighted to be joining these important groups which are hugely influential in the future direction of the game in Europe. I am looking forward to representing the top European clubs in many important debates as we move ahead.”

These latest appointments are in addition to Gazidis’ role on the FA’s Professional Game Board (PGB), the FA Council and his membership of FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber. He continues as the chairman of the ECA’s Legal Advisory Panel and as a member of the Premier League Working Group for Elite Player Performance.

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28 Nov 2012