Footballer Mia Hamm was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Italian club Roma, along with former National Hockey League player Cam Neely and former Disney board member Stanley Gold. Hamm was nominated by Roma shareholders on Monday, October 27, increasing American presence on the team’s board. Roma is also owned by Boston-born James Palotta, who took over the team two years ago.
Hamm, Neely and Gold will be replacing outgoing members Thomas DiBenedetto, Claudio Fenucci and Joe Tacopina. Hamm will be placed in charge of the Roma academies.
Hamm is a celebrated soccer player who led the US women’s soccer team to two World Cup titles, including the first women’s title in 1991. She was also named women’s FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002, in the first years the awards were given.
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Considered one of the most decorated female soccer players of all time, Hamm was recently the first woman to be inaugurated into the World Football Hall of Fame in Pachuca, Mexico. Throughout a career spanning 17 years, the 42-year-old athlete earned 275 caps and 158 goals for the US women’s national team.
Hamm’s co-director on the board for Roma, Neely, is also an accomplished athlete, beginning his career in 1983 when he was 9th pick in the overall draft for the NHL. His career spanned 13 years, during which he played for the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Neely was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005 and went on to serve as Vice President of the Boston Bruins before becoming President of the team in 2010. Under his leadership, the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011.
Board members on Roma serve three-year terms, as will Hamm, Neely and Gold. Upon leaving the board of Roma recently, Tacopina moved on to become President of second-division club Bologna, where Fenucci will be joining him.