Topps has added two-time world champion soccer coach Jill Ellis to its board of directors.
Ellis, who won back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cup titles as head coach of the United States women’s national team, will be tasked with guiding Topps’ efforts to grow its soccer card business around the world.
“As the winningest coach in United States soccer history, Jill has demonstrated a unique ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds, inspire excellence and execute on lofty goals with no margin for error,” stated Michael Eisner, founder of the Tornante Company and owner and board member for The Topps Company. “Her skill set, experience and accomplishments in the global business of sport will be of immeasurable value for Topps.”
“Jill is a globally-respected, proven leader whose significant experience, knowledge and connections will help us expand our international football portfolio,” said Topps chairman Andy Redman.
Ellis joins Eisner and Redman, Jim Perry and Scott Pasquini (managing directors at Madison Dearborn Partners), Eric Eisner (chief executive officer, Double E Pictures), Maria Seferian (general counsel, Hillspire LLC) and Chris Zyda (founder and chief executive officer, Mozaic, LLC) as board members.
Topps currently produces a variety of sets for pro leagues around the world including UEFA Champions, Bundesliga and MLS.
“Topps products are a source of passion, unlocking creativity for people around the world through a shared love of sport and entertainment,” Ellis stated in the news release. “I am grateful to Topps for this opportunity and am excited to help the beloved company continue to win in global football and beyond.”
From 2014-2019, Ellis was head coach of the United States women’s national team during which time she became only the second coach in history to win consecutive titles. Before joining U.S. Soccer full-time in 2008, she was head soccer coach at UCLA for 12 years, leading the Bruins to eight national semifinals and six consecutive conference championships. She graduated from and played varsity soccer at The College of William & Mary.