Goal Rush: Exec combines business with beautiful game
Outgoing AIA chief Ron van Oijen has been able to give full play to his passion for football in his position and he's spearheading efforts to improve what he sees as the country's biggest problem: the failure to foster a new generation of Thai footballers
'Football is like a religion to me," says Ron van Oijen, who is finishing out his term as CEO of American International Insurance. And indeed the exec, better known as "Khun Ron" to the many clubs he's assisted countrywide, has demonstrated his devotion to the sport. Along with playing it for as long as he can remember, over the past three years he's used his position as head of the insurance provider to help fast-track its growth in Thailand, particularly as it pertains to youth development.
Youth development is crucial to Thailand faring better in international tournaments, said the outoging AIA chief. (Photos by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Khun Ron's roots in the sport run deep.
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