Francie Gottsegen named president of the North Carolina Football Club


CARY, North Carolina –USL League One club North Carolina Football Club announced on Friday that it has expanded its club’s leadership, appointing Francie Gottsegen as club president and Curt Johnson as director of football. Joanna Holder was also hired as the club’s personnel manager.

“I am thrilled to join North Carolina Football Club and lead the growth of this premier organization,” Gottsegen said. “It is an honor to guide the club’s front office to enhance the experience for our players, fans and partners. I also look forward to further strengthening the club’s ties with our community and our future successes.

A Durham resident and Duke University alumnus, Gottsegen brings a wealth of experience in business development and sports marketing to the club, as well as valuable perspective on sponsorship and relationship building. Most recently, Gottsegen served as Managing Director of Sports Systems, a TicketManager company, providing guest management and accreditation solutions to numerous Fortune 500 companies. Prior to working at Sports Systems, Gottsegen served as senior vice president of sports and entertainment marketing at JP Morgan Chase, who later held a similar role at Wells Fargo. Gottsegen has also worked at notable professional sports organizations including the PGA of America, National Basketball Association, and Major League Soccer.

In her role as club president, Gottsegen will lead business operations and revenue generation. Simultaneously, she will lead front office operations, specifically focusing on marketing, communications, broadcast and human resources, and will also serve as one of two board representatives for the North Carolina FC Youth Board of Directors. , as well as on diversity, equity. , and Inclusion (DEI) Taskforce.

Curt Johnson will transition to a role focused on overseeing the technical and team side of the club, as well as strategic projects and the work of the board. As Director of Football for North Carolina FC and North Carolina Courage, Johnson’s responsibilities will include overseeing team performance, player and coach development, player experience and pipeline enhancement. young people at the professional level.

Johnson will continue to serve on the NWSL and USL League One Board of Governors, the North Carolina FC Youth Council and the club’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, in addition other community-oriented councils. Johnson has been with the club as president and general manager since 2011, and his role expanded to also oversee NC Courage in 2017 when the team relocated from western New York. Previously, he was general manager of Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City and the Richmond Kickers, now one of NCFC’s rivals in USL League One.

“It’s a great day for the club,” Johnson said. “I am delighted to welcome Francie and Joanna and look forward to working alongside them. Adding two talented senior leaders is something Steve and I have been working on for a few years. Personally, I will now be able to dedicate more time to working directly with our players and coaches, while serving on the NWSL and USL Boards of Directors. I want to thank Steve for again providing us with the resources that will help us reach the full potential of the club. »

Along with hiring Gottsegen, the club also hired Joanna Holder as their human resources manager. Holder brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to the club, as well as a strong track record of partnering with organizations to create engaging work experiences and measurable results. She also holds several professional certifications, including SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) and Six Sigma Green Belt. The Texas native graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and later earned her MBA from Wake Forest University. She now resides in Holly Springs, where she is an active member of the community and sits on the planning board.

In his role, Holder will focus on strategy and oversight of the administration of compensation, benefits and talent practices, and lead the implementation of training and wellness programs for employees, players and coaches. She will also serve on the DEI task force and act as an active member of the organization’s leadership team while leading organizational culture, diversity, inclusivity and company growth initiatives.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help transform this organization and enhance the work experience for everyone involved with NC Football Club,” Holder said. “The team and our fans have gone through a lot of changes over the past year. I’m here to raise the voice of staff and players, and help guide the culture, creating a world-class workplace.


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