The United States Soccer Federation (US Soccer) has named JT Batson as its new chief executive and secretary general.
The 40-year-old succeeds Will Wilson, who will officially end his tenure on October 31.
Batson will take up the role immediately and will be moving to Chicago in the coming months to work out of the US Soccer headquarters.
Wilson, who announced he was stepping down in June, is staying on with the governing body through October to assist in the transition.
Batson has spent his professional career across the media, advertising, and technology sectors.
He previously served as chief executive of software company Hudson MX which he co-founded and where he will remain a member of the board.
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Batson is also a former member of US Soccer finance committee where he helped create the US Soccer Development Fund, which raises money to support the federation’s development of players, coaches, and referees.
Prior to founding Hudson MX, he worked at private equity firms Greylock Partners and Accel Partners.
The executive search process was conducted on behalf of US Soccer by recruitment firm TurnkeyZRG.
Cindy Parlow Cone, US Soccer president, said: “JT is uniquely qualified for this position as a person who has vast experience working with large, complex organizations as well as an understanding of the intricate workings of modern business.
“He also has a passion for soccer born out playing and growing up in a generation that saw a massive growth of the sport in the United States. His energy, leadership, creative thinking, and personal connection to seeing US Soccer and the sport thrive will be a huge positive for the future of our federation overall.”
Batson's appointment comes as the US men’s national team prepares to participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November and December and as the country prepares to host the 2026 World Cup alongside Canada and Mexico.