Chief Operating Officer, Chicago Fire Soccer Club
After amassing 15 years of business experience, Atul Khosla joined the Chicago Fire Soccer Club in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer reporting into ownership, and immediately set to work elevating the Club's regional and national profile. To that end, Khosla has sought to steer the Club's fan-facing initiatives in a direction that builds connectivity and widens sales, marketing and media reach. Internally, Khosla has prioritized the alignment of the Front Office, First Team, Chicago Fire Foundation and youth programs with the goal of truly building a community Club.
Khosla joined the Fire in 2011 after spending time with Alli Sports, an action sports entertainment and multimedia company and a subsidiary of NBC Sports. There, he served as the Vice President of Commercial and Business Operations from 2007 to 2011, guiding the company from an initial start-up to a multi-million dollar arm of NBC Sports. Prior to that, Khosla held leadership positions at General Electric within the multinational conglomerate’s healthcare division. He earned his start in GE’s Operations Management Leadership Program before being selected to the company's Global Quality and Strategy group. After global assignments in Europe, Khosla returned to Chicago for a managerial position within GE’s healthcare-IT division, serving as the Director of Commercial Marketing for the unit.
Khosla is currently actively involved with several notable organizations. He serves on the Advisory Council and Board of Directors for the Chicago Sports Commission, Chicago Chapter Board for the National Sports Marketing Network, and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. He was also named to Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 list in 2013.
Khosla holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife, Charisse, and their three daughters.