Former NFL executive Doug Quinn named MLS executive vice president, president of SUM Enterprises

Major League Soccer Commissioner and Soccer United Marketing CEO Don Garber Tuesday named Doug Quinn executive vice president of Major League Soccer and president of SUM Enterprises.

In the newly-created Enterprises division within Soccer United Marketing, Quinn will be responsible for the development of commercial rights for all SUM properties including corporate partnerships, media sales and licensing of consumer products. Quinn will also manage Major League Soccer's marketing, communications, special events, new media/publishing, grass roots and fan development efforts. SUM executive vice president Kathy Carter will continue in her New Business Development role for the new division.

"I am very excited to bring an individual of Quinn's experience and caliber to the MLS and SUM family as we continue to grow the soccer in the United States at all levels," said Garber. "Quinn's vast experience in the sports and entertainment marketplace adds to our momentum as we continue to create the leading commercial soccer company in the U.S."

Since leaving the NFL in October, 2003, Quinn joined Erik and Mark Stroman, formerly of FOX and Endeavor, as president of Entertainment Marketing Partners, EMP, an entertainment media and corporate consulting firm based in Los Angeles. Prior to EMP, Quinn spent 14 years with the National Football League in a number of senior management, marketing and sales positions that contributed to the NFL's triple-digit growth in retail sales during the early 1990s, and developed many of the NFL's most successful integrated marketing programs with key corporate partners like VISA, FOX and Reebok.

In his most recent position as senior vice president and managing director of NFL International, Quinn was responsible for the NFL's international operations and development activities, including management of a staff of over 190 people across 11 offices, overseeing media sales, production and distribution, corporate partnerships, licensing, and marketing. Quinn also spearheaded the development and production of the American Bowl games and special events as well as the management of the NFL's six team development League in Europe.

"I've known Doug for 10 years during his days with the NFL and I know he will bring a high level of professionalism and commitment to MLS and Soccer United Marketing during a very important time in soccer's development in the United States," said Chuck Blazer, a member of the FIFA Executive Committee and the CONCACAF General Secretary. "I look forward to working with him and wish him great success."

Quinn, 41, earned bachelors degrees in marketing and English from Southern Methodist University and an MBA concentrating in international business from the University of Texas. He and his wife, Liz, reside in Manhattan.

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