League and Philadelphia Fury announce Senior Management Additions
Princeton, N.J. (September 22, 2017) The
founding member and current CEO of the American Soccer League (ASL) and
Philadelphia Fury has announced a set of key management appointments to help
drive the further growth of the league, teams and partnership opportunities.
continue the process of implementing the ambitious vision and goals outlined in
our strategic plan, bringing in top-flight professional leadership is critical.
It is with this thought I am delighted to say that Erik Matson has agreed to
join our team as the new CEO of the ASL and all our related assets/teams. We will be creating a new holding company as
we propel our growth. With his
appointment, it allows me the opportunity to focus on being our Global Sporting
Director which will maximize our most precious resources, players and their
development and identification of the next generation of American Soccer
Professionals. We are delighted that
these outstanding executives will add their considerable talents to our
leadership team," said Mathew Driver. Matson added "He is ecstatic to be joining the
efforts that Matt has created and adding his corporate and forty plus years of
being involved in American soccer to further develop these franchises".
In addition, joining Matson will be a long-time
colleague, Gary Preysner, a world-class operation executive who will be in a
new role of President and COO.
looking forward to continue to work with Mathew and our new teammates," said League
Commissioner Dan Trainor. "Erik and Gary will accelerate the developmental
opportunities for our players, directly build league value and American soccer,
and we get to capitalize more fully on the skills of Mathew Driver in his role
as Global Sporting Director."Matson is a senior business advisor globally and
sits on various boards in addition to managing
angel/venture capital investments focused on growth stage companies. Prior to
his current activities, Matson most recently served as the
regional president of the Americas for AIG Small/Medium Commercial lines
businesses. Prior to AIG, Matson worked for Munich Re Group, IBM, Deloitte, and
Booz Allen Hamilton. He earned an M.B.A. from
Monmouth University in 1988 and has completed post-graduate studies at the
University of Chicago and Harvard Graduate School of Business. He
received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Drew University and studied
international economics at the London School of Economics. In addition to his
corporate background, he has an extensive background in playing and coaching
soccer with advanced licenses from USSF, UEFA and NSCAA and currently is a
senior coach with NJ ODP. A resident of Pennington,
N.J., Matson is a retired Lieutenant Colonel (USAF), where among many
accomplishments, he has led bio-terrorism exercises as well as being deployed
in support of the War on Global Terror.
Preysner earned his MBA and AB from Yale University (Yale School of
Management) and is the Founder of The Ironwood Consulting Group, an
internationally trusted advisory group; was a Founding Partner of the Mitchell
Madison Group; a senior member of McKinsey
and Company, and has been an advisor and/or held senior level leadership
positions in a number of Fortune 500 companies.
He is now a partner of Erik Matson in their investment and related
operational activities. He is a much sought-after confidante to many
of the world's leading companies in helping them rationalize and/or optimize
their operations. A resident of
Connecticut, he is an avid supporter of multiple sports and is becoming an
aficionado of the world's beautiful game.
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