The Red Bulls announced on Monday that general manager Jérôme de Bontin has resigned for personal reasons. The former AS Monaco president had overseen the club’s business operations since October of 2012, replacing Erik Solér.
“My assignment upon becoming general manager of the Red Bulls was to help the club further increase its relevance in the Tri-State area,” de Bontin said in a club statement. “We wanted to improve our performance both on and off the field so that our loyal fans as well as new fans would have a club that lived up to their expectations as the best club in MLS.
“I wish the club and staff success in the upcoming season and the future.”
De Bontin’s stated job description when he was first hired involved focusing on attendance and the business side for New York, while Red Bull head of global soccer Gérard Houllier was to focus on the sporting side.
According to the club, the search for de Bontin’s replacement is underway. De Bontin is a graduate of Amherst College and has lived for many years in Chicago, where he is the director of Sustainability Investments LLC and Mekar Financial Services.
Behind the scenes, he has been very well connected in American football, serving for the U.S. Soccer Foundation for many years and working with some of the country’s biggest youth clubs, notably Chicago Magic and Rush Soccer, and used his ties with French clubs and the French federation to foster closer ties for American soccer with the French game. [Source: MLS]