Tom Fox was hired as the President of the San Jose Earthquakes in June 2017 and oversees the business and technical sides of the club.
Prior to joining the Quakes, Fox spent two seasons as CEO of Aston Villa following a very successful stint as the Chief Commercial Officer at Arsenal. In this role, Fox oversaw Arsenal’s sponsorship, media and marketing teams. During his five years in North London, Fox and his staff transformed Arsenal’s commercial capabilities leading to greater global media and brand reach, an industry leading customer intelligence platform and the successful negotiation of two of the three largest sponsorship contracts in world football at the time, with Emirates Airlines and Puma.
In addition to his work in the Premier League, Fox has been a sports marketing executive at numerous world-renowned corporations. From April 2007 to November 2008, he served as Principal of the sports agency Wasserman Media Group, responsible for business and corporate development. For eight years prior to that, Fox was the Senior Vice President of Sports Marketing for PepsiCo’s Gatorade brand.
He began his career with Quaker Oats as a Marketing Associate in the company’s food division in 1985. He earned his way up to Group Manager of Worldwide Sports Marketing before joining the NBA in 1993 where he worked in partnership development. He later served as Vice President, Managing Director for NBA Asia, Ltd. in Hong Kong from 1994-1997. During that time, he increased the league’s brand awareness and revenue throughout Asia and opened the first NBA Asia offices, Hong Kong in 1995 and Tokyo in 1996.
He then moved on to Nike, Inc., where he spent seven months as the Asia Pacific Sports Marketing Director and another 10 months as the U.S. Sports Marketing Director in Beaverton, Oregon before returning to lead Gatorade Sports Marketing in 1999.
Fox, a Chicago native, has a degree in Public Administration from Miami University (OH).