The appointment of Maite Ventura is another step towards LaLiga´s commitment in boosting female talent both locally and internationally. Currently, over 30% of the organisation's staff is made up of women, a figure that is also reflected in the steering committee.
La Liga, the Spanish football League has announced the appointment of Maite Ventura as the new Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa based in Dubai.
Along with the rest of the 10 international offices, she will report to La Liga’s International Director, Oscar Mayo.
LaLiga currently has 11 offices including New York, South Africa, Nigeria, Singapur, India, China and Mexico and 45 delegates, with a reach of over 80 countries.
Maite Venturas appointment is a continuation of the international strategy of La Liga to elevate the brand value and fan engagement all over the world.
Ventura joined La Liga in 2017 as a Delegate for the Dubai office, and as part of the LaLiga Global Network, a project launched in 2016, which was born out of the idea to bring La Liga to all parts of the world, to continue expanding the La Liga brand internationally, to drive greater interest in the league, as well as creating business opportunities both for La Liga and its clubs.
Fernando Sanz, who was formerly LaLigas Middle East and North Africa Director, has been appointed to Director of International Institutional Relations and Director of LaLiga Ambassadors and Legends Project.
For the past two years, Ventura has been managing different institutional, sport-focused, and socio-educational projects in the MENA region hoping to grow the business, promote new future talent and leaders, using football as a developmental sport to achieve these goals.
Some examples include the launch of La Liga academies in UAE and Jordan, the launch of the first women-focused football projects in Kuwait, socio-educational projects in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, and projects with federations and institutions all over the MENA region.
The appointment of Maite Ventura is another step towards La Liga’s commitment to boosting female talent both locally and internationally. Currently, over 30% of the organisation’s staff is made up of women, a figure that is also reflected in the steering committee.
Commenting on the announcement, Ventura said: ”La Liga is the most popular international competition in the region and we have a big opportunity to continue to strengthen our global presence as well as the engagement with our fans in the Middle East and North Africa. I am very excited to be part of this team as I believe we have a very bright future ahead of us in this part of the world.”
Commenting on the appointment, Fernando Sanz added: ”With her extensive experience and hard work in the past 2 years to help promote the growth of La Liga in the region, we are extremely excited that Maite Ventura is taking over the steering wheel at one of La Liga’s most strategic markets within the Middle East and North Africa region. I am positive that this move will represent an important step for the development of the competition all over the region.”