Introduced along with Jason Levien as D.C. United Managing General Partner on July 10, 2012, Erick Thohir is an Indonesian entrepreneur and sports investor.
In addition to D.C. United, his International Sports Capital company acquired a controlling stake of the Italian Serie A professional soccer club, F.C. Internazionale Milano in November of 2013. Thohir was subsequently elected the 21st President in Internazionale’s 106 year history. The combination of these two football/soccer properties advances the global strategy of his sports portfolio, which includes former co-ownership of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers as well.
Thohir is also the founder of the Mahaka Group, a business which focuses on media and entertainment holdings. Mahaka’s interests include a ticketing company, top ranked radio and television stations, and numerous additional restructured businesses.
JASON M. LEVIEN
Managing General Partner
As Managing General Partner and MLS Governor for D.C. United, Jason Levien has brought in key personnel in soccer and business operations and he negotiated a $300 million soccer stadium project in Washington D.C. In Levien's four seasons with D.C. United, the club has reached the conference finals, been a playoff team all but once and won the U.S. Open Cup in 2013. In 2014, the club finished first in the Eastern Conference and finished fourth in the Eastern Conference in 2015. D.C. United have increased their revenue metrics to achieve double-digit growth in season tickets and sponsorship while reducing expenses and tracking to achieve first-ever profitability.
As CEO, Managing Partner and NBA Alt Governor of the Memphis Grizzlies and Fedex Forum, Levien ledbasketball operations and business to its most successful period in franchise history, including achieving profitability for the first time, more regular season wins than ever before in a two-season period, its deepest playoff run ever (conference finals), and culminating in ESPN naming the Grizzlies as its Number 1 Professional Sports Franchise in North America (out of 122 NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB teams).
Levien received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College, Claremont, CA, in 1993, where he was a member of the basketball team. He received a Juris Doctor degree from University of Michigan School of Law, Ann Arbor, MI, and served as a law review editor at the University of Michigan.
After receipt of his law degree, Levien served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Diana Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Subsequently, he worked at Williams & Connolly LLP, Washington, D.C., from 1998 to 2003. In 2003, Levien founded his own sports agency representing professional athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB and other sports leagues. Levien has also worked in management at the Sacramento Kings. He has served as an adjunct professor of sports law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law as well as teaching at the University of Michigan, and Harvard Law School.
WILLIAM H.C. CHANG
William H.C. Chang is the Co-Owner and General Partner of D.C. United. He serves as Chairman of Westlake International Group. Westlake is a privately held, diversified investment company with operations in the United States, China, Latin America, Japan, India and Canada. Its investments span private and public equities, including venture capital, professional sports, media and entertainment, emerging technologies, life sciences and real estate. He is also on the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Giants Baseball Club, and on the Board of Directors of U.S.A. Rugby.
Chang is an active investor in early stage technology companies through his Edge Venture Capital Fund, with a particular focus on clean/green, M2M, mobile and cloud based applications.
Chang's associations and affiliations include: the Asian Business League (Founding Chairman); California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy (Director); California International Relations Foundation (Director); Chinese American Association of Commerce (Founder); City Club of San Francisco (Founding Governor); Harvard University (Asia Center and Committee on University Resources); The Asia Foundation (Trustee); and World President's Organization.
Chang has a bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.