Panthers hire Manchester City exec as president

Tom Glick Chief Commercial and Operating Officer of Manchester City speaks during the summit in 2013. (Reuters pic)

CHARLOTTE: The Carolina Panthers hired Manchester City COO Tom Glick as the team’s president, as new owner David Tepper continues to put his stamp on the team, the Panthers announced Friday.

“We are thrilled to have Tom join the Panthers family,” Tepper said in a statement. “He has tremendous experience in professional sports, successfully fostering fan engagement in major cities globally. I know that his record, expertise and drive will be major assets as we look to win on the field and in the community.”

Glick has been with powerhouse Manchester City in the Premier League since 2012. Last season, the club set a league record with 100 points.

Before joining Manchester City, Glick worked extensively in other sports — including multiple minor league baseball teams and a stint in minor league hockey. He also worked for the New Jersey Nets, the NBA and with Derby County Football Club.

“I am honoured to join the Panthers,” Glick said in a statement. “David has a clear and exciting vision for the team, and I can see and feel the buzz and anticipation for this new era of Panthers football. I’m ready to get started and will give everything to help the team deliver for our fans, players, staff, partners and our communities throughout North and South Carolina.”

After ESPN reported the news earlier Friday, a Panthers public relations person tweeted that the hiring process was ongoing.

“There is no announcement regarding the Panthers team president at this time. We are still working through the process,” wrote Steven Drummond.

Tepper, 60, was approved unanimously as the team’s new owner at the league’s meetings in May. The founder of hedge fund Appaloosa Management L.P., he has a net worth estimated by Forbes at $11 billion and bought the Panthers for US$2.275 billion, the largest sum ever paid for an NFL franchise.

A former Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner, Tepper was required to sell the 5% stake that he owned in the Steelers, per NFL rules. He emphasized his desire to win and his plan to keep the team in Charlotte when he was introduced after his approval