Ishwara Glassman Chrein is the President of Chicago Fire Football Club. Glassman Chrein, a highly accomplished business executive with close to 20 years of experience – both inside and outside of sports – oversees all aspects of the Fire’s business operations. She joined the Fire on June 1, 2021.
Prior to joining the Club, Glassman Chrein was the Head of Sports Partnerships and Business Development at Yahoo Sports / Verizon Media, where she led relationships and negotiations with the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, BetMGM, and NBC, as well as other sports leagues, broadcasters, streamers, data companies, and technology companies. While at Yahoo Sports / Verizon Media, she also oversaw gaming strategy, evaluated sports rights acquisition deals across the globe, and worked with sports technology start-ups.
She began her career at McKinsey & Company and Lehman Brothers, before spending nine years at WME IMG Sports, Entertainment and Media, most recently as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Sales Operations and Strategic Planning.
She graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a degree in economics and political science and received her Master in International Affairs (International Finance) from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Glassman Chrein was a 2020 recipient of the Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award. She is a board member of the Business of Sports School, a New York City public school with an underserved student body, and speaks frequently at conferences and universities. She is believed to be only the fourth woman in league history to serve in this role.
She has relocated to Chicago with her husband, two kids, and one enormous golden retriever.
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