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The Red Bulls announced the expansion of the club’s executive leadership team on Tuesday.

HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls announced the expansion of the club’s executive leadership team on Tuesday.

Joe Stetson has been named Chief Commercial Officer, Elisa Padilla as Chief Marketing Officer, Christina Giunta-Quarino as chief of staff and Claire Noonan as head of human resources. They will report directly to de Grandpré.

“As our organization continues to evolve, we remain eager to learn, grow and get better working alongside such a talented group of leaders and executives. Together, we will continue to drive progress and elevate our club and infrastructure,” Red Bulls president and general manager Marc de Grandpré said in a statement. “With the current momentum behind our league and the expectations we have for our club moving forward, it’s imperative that we attract, recruit and develop the best talent out there. Through the additions of Christina, Claire and Elisa, along with Joe assuming this new role, I am confident we are set up for long-term success.”

Stetson joined the club in 2014 as the vice president of marketing and cmmunications and was promoted to Chief Marketing andvenue Officer in 2018. He will serve as the CCO, overseeing commercial business including sponsorship/premium sales amd services, ticketing sales, service and operations and Red Bull youth programs.

Padilla joined the club with more than two decades in sports and entertainment in brand marketing. Experienced in high stakes efforts with high visibility brands, Padilla specializes in strategic marketing that cultivates loyal, community-centric fan bases.

Her career has taken her across the United States with a diverse background of iconic brands that include the Miami Marlins, Apple, Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, HBO and AT&T Mobility, among others. She was behind several award-winning marketing campaigns while with the Nets and Marlins. Padilla will oversee the club’s marketing and communications.

Giunta-Quarino returns to the club with 16 years of experience with the Red Bulls, where she made her impact throughout many facets of the organization. Most recently, Giunta-Quarino served as vice president of marketing and communications. Before that, she oversaw all community relations, match presentation and field marketing initiatives. In her new role, she will provide the executive leadership team strategic and operational support across the organization.

Noonan joined the club with 15 years of experience with talent planning, recruitment, employee relations, leadership coaching, business planning and community building. Most recently, Noonan worked at Sesame Workshop where she was VP, Human Resources. She also spent several years at Kate Spade & Company leading its human resources department for the global Kate Spade brand groups.

Rounding out the executive leadership Ttam is Jochen Schneider (head of sport), Kari Cohen (general counsel), Denis Hamlett (sporting director), Shaun Oliver (vice president, operations and general manager, Red Bull Arena), Logan Smith (head of strategy and analytics) and Luis Garcia Vazquez (Chief Financial Officer). After eight years with the club, senior director of human resources Deborah Melnick announced that she will retire at the end of the year.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.