Aaron Davidson is an American lawyer and businessman, who has been director of business development of Plant the Future, a biophilic design firm and group of botanical art galleries, since early 2016.
Davidson is the former chairman of the board of governors of the North American Soccer League, and former president of Traffic Sports USA. The Brazilian José Hawilla, owner and founder of Traffic Group, appointed Davidson to be the head of his company's North American headquarters in 2003. His job was to pay millions of dollars in bribes to decision makers, following their South American operating model, who then gave to Traffic Group marketing rights to sport events. For similar reasons, Enrique Sanz de Santamaría, did the same, thus after his unveiling Davidson could not avoid his revelation on May 6, 2015.
Davidson was one of 14 suspects indicted and detained in the 2015 FIFA corruption case. He was banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee. In May 2015, Davidson pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court and was released on $5 million bond. Subsequently, in October 2016, Davidson pleaded guilty and forfeited $507,900 with sentencing set for October 3, 2019.
Aaron Davidson was born on April 21, 1971, in Bell County, Texas, the son of a Costa Rican father, Jaime Abraham Davidson, and a Mexican mother, Ana Rosentein. Both of his parents are first generation immigrants, and their parents are of eastern European Jewish ancestry. He describes himself as a "Tex-Mex-Costa Rican Jew".
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