CHICAGO — The U.S. Soccer Federation has appointed Pinky Raina as Chief Operating Officer, the organization announced Wednesday.
Raina, who currently serves as U.S. Soccer’s Chief Financial Officer, also will 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,” U.S. Soccer CEO and secretary general Will Wilson said in a statement. “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 led finance, HR, and IT functions for the organization. Raina’s 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,” she said in a statement. “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, Raina 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.
Raina 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 in the U.S., Canada, and India.