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National Teams Jun 02, 2021

U.S. Soccer appoints Pinky Raina as Chief Operating Officer

CHICAGO — The U.S. Soccer Federation has appointed Pinky Raina as Chief Operating Officer. Raina, who currently serves as U.S. Soccer’s Chief Financial Officer, will now also oversee human resources, technology and business operations.

“Pinky’s extensive business experience in driving positive change without sacrificing the principles and values of our organization makes her the natural choice to lead our finance and operations,” said U.S. Soccer CEO and Secretary General Will Wilson. “Pinky’s collaborative and systematic problem-solving approach will serve the organization incredibly well as we look to the future.”

Since joining U.S. Soccer in 2019, Raina has been a catalyst for positive change while leading finance, HR, and IT functions for the organization. Among her many accomplishments, Raina’s critical thinking and ability to empower teams to solve complex business problems has resulted in greater efficiency and overall organizational performance.

Earlier this year, Raina was named a corporate finalist for the ChicagoCIO ORBIE Awards, honoring Chief Information Officers who are driving innovation and transforming organizations in the Chicago area.

“I am very excited to take on this opportunity,” said Raina. “I am confident that with our staff at U.S. Soccer we will continue to create value and execute our long-term plans to drive consistent growth for the Federation.”

Prior to entering the sports and entertainment Industry, Pinky led finance and IT for both public and private corporations in the manufacturing Industry. She gained strategic growth and business turnaround experience from her tenure at the Marmon Group and IDEX Corporation.

Pinky started her career at Deloitte, auditing clients in the manufacturing industry. She developed her root cause problem-solving skills and strong business acumen through her experience managing investigations, financial audits and operational reviews in Deloitte offices around the world in the U.S., Canada, and India.

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