Roma Onboard New CEO to Help Out with Stadium and More

Roma didn’t waste any time appointing a new apical executive after suddenly firing Pietro Berardi, as they announced the hiring of Lina Souloukou Tuesday night. She will serve not only as the CEO but also as the general manager. His role will resemble Marina Granovskaia’s at Chelsea during the Roman Abramovich era.

According to Il Corriere dello Sport, owner Dan Friedkin first met the new official through PSG governor Nasser Al-Khelaifi two years ago. He quickly started courting her to eventually bring her in. She had the same position at Olympiacos until last summer.

In her first official summit since joining Roma, Souloukou met with Mayor Roberto Gualtieri. The team’s priority is to speed up the project to build a new stadium. However, her tasks won’t be restricted to the business side. She will collaborate with director Tiago Pinto and José Mourinho in the transfer market as well.

On top of helming Olympiacos for four seasons, the Greek exec has been on ECA’s board since 2019. Earlier in her career, she worked in the antidoping department for the Athens Olympics in 2004 and in a sports federal court in his home country for five years. She founded a law firm with her sister in 2007 and served as a financial and legal consultant for multiple clubs and institutions.

In addition, she’s one of the jurors for the Golden Player Award, which Italian outlet TuttoSport organized. She’s reportedly close with agent Rafaela Pimenta, who inherited a few clients from the late Mino Raiola. In the meantime, former CEO Berardi is considering suing the club for getting sacked without a just cause, the publication informs.

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