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 directly to ownership, Khosla immediately set to work elevating the club's regional and national profile. To that end, he leads a 70-member organization, setting and steering the club’s long-term vision, and driving brand expansion in the community, with the goal of building a vibrant soccer ecosystem through year-round fan engagement. He oversees all day-to-day operations including sponsorships, ticket sales, fan experience, stadium operations, facility management, marketing, broadcast media & digital, PR, soccer programming, finance, IT, human resources, and the non-profit Fire Foundation.
Under Khosla’s direction, the Fire has constructed The PrivateBank Fire Pitch, a $22 million, 150,000 square-foot community soccer facility; built the second-largest MLS youth club in – with 16,000 players; launched Chicago Fire Rec Soccer League, the area’s largest adult league – 14,000 players, built a media property generating more than 100 hours of linear television broadcasts, 16,000 hours of digital content for more than 350,000 followers; and has expanded the Chicago Fire Foundation, which has been honored as the 2016 Beyond Sport Team of the Year, the 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sport Team of the Year and is a Chicago Charity Challenge Helping Hand honoree two years running.
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, the Chicago Chapter Board for the National Sports Marketing Network, and is a member of the Chicago Economic Club and YPO Chicagoland. He was also named to the 2013 Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 list.
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.