Perth Glory wishes to announce that Tony Pignata has resigned as the club’s CEO in order to move back to Victoria to be close to his family.
Pignata spent four-and-a-half years in the role, during which time the club won its first ever A-League Premiership and made its debut in the Asian Champions League.
He will officially leave on 30th September and following a transition period, Glory will confirm his replacement shortly.
Club Owner and Chairman Tony Sage was quick to acknowledge the contribution that the outgoing CEO made to the club following his arrival in 2018.
“On behalf of everyone associated with Glory, I would like to sincerely thank Tony for his hard work and dedication over the past four years,” he said.
“The club enjoyed some truly historic moments during his tenure which will never be forgotten.
“Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tony made some huge sacrifices in terms of being away from his family for extended periods and enduring numerous spells in home isolation and hotel quarantine.
“During this unprecedented time, Tony steered the club and ensured not only the continuation of the season, but also the well-being of the players and their families.
“As he returns to Melbourne and his family, we bid him a fond farewell and wish him all the very best for the future.”
Pignata, meanwhile, reflected fondly upon his time at the club.
“It has been an amazing four-and-a-half years and I have loved every minute of it,” he said.
“I want to thank Tony and Lucy Sage for giving me the opportunity to work at Perth Glory and also thank all of our Members, fans and sponsors.
“Your support has been unbelievable, especially over the last couple of years.
“I wish our Head Coaches Ruben [Zadkovich] and Alex [Epakis] and the players all the best for the upcoming season.
“The squads are developing nicely and signs are very good.
“I leave with treasured memories and Perth Glory will always have a special place in my heart.”