Arsenal Chief Executive Officer, Vinai Venkatesham, is set to be honoured in the upcoming New Year Honours List 2024 with an OBE for his notable contributions to the world of sport.
Venkatesham, who has been an integral part of the club since 2010, initially joined Arsenal as the Head of Global Partnerships. Prior to his tenure with the club, he played a pivotal role in the commercial team of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, a global sporting event hosted in his hometown.
Beyond his association with Arsenal, Venkatesham has been actively involved with the British Olympic Association since 2017, serving as an independent non-executive director. He also undertook a similar role for the 2017 World Athletics Championships held in London.
The announcement of his OBE has been met with congratulations from Tim Lewis, Executive Vice-Chair of the Arsenal Board, who commended Venkatesham’s significant contributions to the sports industry.
Speaking on behalf of Arsenal, Lewis stated, “On behalf of everyone at Arsenal Football Club, we congratulate Vinai on being named in the New Year Honours List 2024 in recognition of his services to sport.”
He highlighted Venkatesham’s nearly two-decade-long involvement in the sports industry, representing both the city and the club on the European and global stage. Lewis also expressed pride in Venkatesham joining a distinguished list of individuals associated with Arsenal who have been honored in previous New Year Honours lists.
Expressing his humility upon receiving the OBE, Vinai Venkatesham attributed his achievements to teamwork and his exceptional colleagues throughout his career. He expressed gratitude to those he worked with at various sports events and organizations, including London 2012, the London 2017 World Athletics Championships, the British Olympic Association, UEFA, ECA, the Premier League, The FA, and the Women’s Super League.
“I’m really humbled to receive an OBE in the New Year Honours list for services to sport.
“Everything I’ve been part of achieving in my time in sport, and all the opportunities I’ve been so fortunate to have, are all due to teamwork and brilliant colleagues.”