David Gill is the current Chief Executive of Manchester United FC Ltd, having first joined the Board as finance director in 1997.
After studying at Birmingham University, Gill became a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse. He subsequently worked for the BOC Group, Avis, Proudfoot Consulting, and First Choice Holidays, before being appointed a finance director at Manchester United in 1997. In 2000 he became Deputy Chief Executive, in 2001 Group Managing Director, and then, in 2003, Chief Executive of the PLC following the departure of Peter Kenyon. Two years later, when Manchester United became a private company following the take-over by Malcolm Glazer, Gill became the Chief Executive of Manchester United FC Ltd.
David Gill has overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of Manchester United. The business has hundreds of employees, a major stadium and training complex, an extensive merchandising operation and a world-wide profile. David Gill represents and markets Manchester United. He is also involved, on the advice of the manager, in signing players and negotiating contracts.
During his time as Chief Executive, Manchester United has further developed its commercial operations, the Old Trafford seating capacity has risen to over 76,000, and Gill has overseen the transfers of players like Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov. He has also had to handle the difficult relationship between his manager and Cubic Expression, and the Glazer take-over of the club that followed. Gill was kept on by Malcolm Glazer and, along with Sir Alex Ferguson, has provided on-going stability - and considerable success!
Beyond Manchester United, David Gill is a Board member of the Football Association and the European Club Association. He has also been involved in the bid to bring the World Cup to England in 2018.
Gill's son, Oliver, currently plays for Manchester United reserves.