Paul Conway

Pacific Media Group

Owner
Paul Conway is the Co-Founder of Pacific Media Group, a leading investor in football and financier and distributor of content.    Films recently financed include The Martian, The Greatest Showman and  Ad Astra. In 2016, Mr. Conway led the acquisition of OGC Nice with a strategy of bringing data analytics and commercialization to France. We improved the club’s commercial revenue significantly with new sponsors from Asia, which was reinvested in the squad.  Using data analytics and getting the club more focused on younger players, significant funds from player sales were generated, which was reinvested in the squad, quadrupling the value of the squad to € 160 million.   A new € 17 million academy and training center was also built, making the club more attractive to stars such as Mario Balotelli and Allan Saint-Maximin  who were signed during our ownership.

The improved revenue, facilities and player trading profits of the club significantly enhanced the performance on the pitch and the club qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history. OGC Nice was sold at  a significant return  in August 2019.

In December 2017, he led the acquisition of Barnsley Football Club and brought our same strategy of commitment to youth, data analytics and commercialization to England. In our first full year of ownership we were automatically promoted to the English Championship. In three years of ownership, we have more than doubled the squad value and our average age of 23 is the youngest in the first four divisions of English Football. 

In November 2019, we made a convertible loan and a minority equity investment in Swiss club FC Thun and in May 2020 we acquired control of KV Oostende in Belgium and have continued our strategy of commitment to youth, data analytics and improving commercial revenue. In December 2020, Mr. Conway led the acquisition of AS Nancy Lorraine and  an investment in Esbjerg fB in February 2021. Mr. Conway is  frequently interviewed  by major media outlets, including The Times of London, The Daily Telegraph, The Athletic, Bloomberg, The Daily Mail,  BBC, Sky Sports, and Reuters