On August 21, 2019, Sounders FC unveiled sports business leader and former financial executive Peter Tomozawa as the club’s President of Business Operations. Alongside wife Donna LeDuc, Tomozawa joined Seattle’s Ownership Group, making the pair the 12th family to become part of the Rave Green’s newest group of partners, following a large-scale announcement that saw the Ownership team expand significantly. Combining nearly 30 years of expertise in the financial and public sectors, along with several leadership roles in sports business, Tomozawa brings a wealth of experience to Sounders FC.
In his role, Tomozawa oversees all of Sounders FC’s business departments, inclusive of administration, legal, finance, business operations, marketing, communications, broadcast, community outreach, fan experience, membership engagement and customer service, ticket sales and operations, premium sales, hospitality and corporate partnerships. He is supported by the club’s existing senior leadership team and reports directly to Sounders FC Majority Owner Adrian Hanauer.
Most recently serving as Vice President & Executive Director for Partnerships and Board Relations for Los Angeles’ successful bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, Tomozawa is no stranger to the sports and entertainment worlds. In addition to being a minority owner in the Vegas Golden Knights – the National Hockey League’s successful franchise that launched in 2017 – Tomozawa also maintains ownership stakes in two historic clubs in the English Football League Championship: Swansea City and Barnsley. Additionally, Tomozawa previously served as a partner and Global Head of Foreign Exchange Sales at Goldman Sachs, where he worked for 17 years, before transitioning into civic affairs for the state of Hawaii. In the latter role, Tomozawa served Executive Director of Business Development & Advisor to the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, in addition to working as Vice Chair & Commissioner of Charter Schools for the State of Hawaii Department of Education.
Tomozawa brings a rich and diverse background to Sounders FC, with a wealth of experience gleaned from years in technology, finance, government affairs and sports. With a B.A. from the University of Michigan and M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Tomozawa began his career in the technology sector before joining Goldman Sachs in 1993. He spent 17 years at Goldman, eventually serving as Global Head of Foreign Exchange Sales, where he managed the distribution of foreign exchange products and was responsible for the product management and distribution of the firm’s foreign exchange electronic trading platform. In this role, he served Goldman in various locations around the globe, living in New York City, Tokyo and London. Additionally, Tomozawa was a member of the Federal Reserve Bank Foreign Exchange Committee as well as a board member of CLSAS, a foreign exchange trade aggregation service company. To this day, he continues to consult for the International Monetary Fund.
Following his retirement from Goldman Sachs, Tomozawa turned his skills toward other passions, utilizing his knowledge of financial markets and investment strategy to serve the state of Hawaii as its Department of Education Charter School Commissioner while also advising the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu as Executive Director of Business Development. In that role, Tomozawa led negotiations of a financing agreement for a $6 billion rail project, selected vendors for the city’s short-term borrowing and helped administer its Park Improvement Plan.
In 2016, Tomozawa was selected by the LA 2024 / LA 2028 Exploratory Committee – bidding to bring the Olympic Games to Los Angeles – as Vice President & Executive Director of Partnerships and Board Relations, where he managed relationships with institutional partners and board members as the bid committee put forth its low-risk, high-tech and sustainable Games plan. The work of Tomozawa and his colleagues came to fruition, as Los Angeles was selected to host the 2028 Olympic Games.