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MLS makes executive staff promotions

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber on Monday revealed two promotions among executive staff and the league’s New York headquarters.

JoAnn Neale has been promoted to president and chief administrative officer. Neale previously served as the league’s chief administrative and social responsibility officer. Neale has worked at MLS in various capacities since 1998.

Gary Stevenson will assume the title of deputy commissioner and president of MLS business ventures. Stevenson joined the league in 2013 and has overseen Soccer United Marketing  as well as the league’s broadcast, digital and media properties.

MLS president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott will continue in his current role. Abbott was MLS’ first employee in 1993 and was promoted to his current position in 2013.

“This structure enhances our league office by maximizing the skill, experience and dedication of Mark, JoAnn and Gary and everyone on our leadership team,” said Garber.

MLS kicked off its 24th season this past Saturday.