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SportsPro Live returned for its third edition in 2016, bigger and better than ever. With a new location at London's Wembley Stadium, and a new, expanded two-day format, the broad focus of the event was on evolution and revolution across the global sports industry. SportsPro Live showcased brand new concepts, models and technologies that are reshaping the sports and media landscapes, as well as checked in with the established entities iterating their way to success in shifting markets and in the face of changing consumer demands.
Finance and governance, broadcast and media rights, digital and data were the key content platforms on which the event programme was built. Through extensive research and consultation, SportsPro identified what matters most in the business of sport, and the industry elite came together to share these insights at SportsPro Live as well as the answers to overcome key business challenges.
SportsPro Live was once again the best chance for attendees to connect with industry innovators, attain exceptional sports business knowledge, and interact with the industry’s leading executives.
SportsPro Live attracts some of the most influential names in sport to join the speaker line-up. Experts in their respective fields, they captivate attendees with their knowledge and experience, as well as share an insight into their business challenges and how they have overcome them. Below are the confirmed speakers for the 2016 programme.
President & CEO, Wanda Sports Holding
In his role as President & CEO since 2005, Philippe Blatter has transformed Infront Sports & Media...
President & CEO, IRONMAN
Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN, has more than a decade of experience in...
Chief Executive, The European Tour
On Monday August 3, 2015, Canadian Keith Pelley became the fourth Chief Executive in the history of...
Founder & President, Bruin Sports Capital
George Pyne is the founder and president of Bruin Sports Capital, a $250 million privately held...
CEO & Executive Director, Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), Olympic Channel Services (OCS)
Yiannis Exarchos, born in Athens in 1964, studied law and film directing. He produced and presented...
President, International Judo Federation
Known for his in-depth experience and knowledge in sports, on all levels, Mr. Marius Vizer started...
President, IMG Media
Ioris Francini is President, IMG Media.
He joined IMG in 2003 as Head of Sales for Media in...
Executive Director, Falcon and Associates
The Right Honourable Sir Hugh Robertson KCMG DL is an Executive Director at Falcon and Associates...
Group Managing Director, Chime Sports Marketing (CSM)
Sophie Goldschmidt joined Chime Sports Marketing (CSM) as Group Managing Director in February 2016....
SVP of Product Development, Oracle
Reggie Bradford brings more than 20 years of experience to his role as Senior Vice President of...
Chief Executive Officer, Eurosport
Peter Hutton joined Eurosport as CEO in 2015, charged with strengthening and localising the brand...
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Mr. Carey began his career as an analyst in 1983 and has over 30 years of stadium, sports, project...
Secretary General, FEI
Sabrina Ibáñez, 50, was appointed FEI Secretary General in January 2015.
Sabrina Ibáñez holds a...
President & Founder, Eleven Sports Network
Andrea Radrizzani is president of international broadcaster ELEVEN SPORTS NETWORK, which he founded...
Head of the Media, Communication and Entertainment Practice, The Inzito Partnership
Ashling is Head of the Media, Communication and Entertainment Practice at The Inzito Partnership,...
Sports News Correspondent, BBC Sport
Richard reports on, breaks and analyses some of the biggest stories and issues in sport. He is the...
Director of Sports & Business, Eurovision
Stefan Kürten, Director of Eurovision Services & Sports Rights, started his career at the EBU in...
Chief International Officer, DraftKings
Jeffrey Haas is the Chief International Officer of DraftKings, a leading Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)...
Senior Vice President, Head of IMG Media, Asia Pacific
As head of Asia Pacific, Chris Guinness is responsible for the overall business operation and...
Managing Director, Red Lantern Digital Media
Lewis is a former Channel 4 News journalist, who set up Red Lantern Digital Media in 2011. The...
Deputy Head of Digital, HBS
Johannes Franken is the Deputy Head of Digital operations at Host Broadcast Services (HBS). In this...
Chief Commercial Officer, Virtually Live
Thomas Neubert is Chief Commercial Officer for Virtually Live. He's passionate about growing tech...
Managing Director & Co- Founder, The Sports Consultancy
Angus is a lawyer by training specialising in multi-jurisdiction litigation at a major city of...
International Director, Mondogoal
A 30-year veteran of the sports industry, Richard Graham joined Mondogoal in February 2016 as...
Chairman, VERO Communications
Mike Lee OBE is Chairman of VERO, a strategic communications company he launched in 2006, following...
Director of Cycle Sport & Membership, British Cycling
During his professional cycling career, Jonny represented his country at elite level in world...
UK Managing Director & International Business Development Director, ESL
Spike Laurie has been an International Director and UK Co-Managing Director of ESL, the world's...
Wouter Sleijffers has a depth of experience and knowledge of all things business and gaming...
Vice Chairman of the Board of Managers & Chief Executive Officer, IRG Sports + Entertainment
With over 20 years of professional experience, Chris Lencheski has authored industry-setting...
Chief Executive Officer, STATS LLC
Kenneth Fuchs joined STATS in 2015 from Yahoo Inc. where he served in various product and media...
Senior Vice President: Director of Sport, HOK
John Rhodes is the director of HOK’s global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice covering...
Jon Tibbs is a strategic international communications expert specialising in corporate reputation...
Senior Director, Global Media Distribution - EMEA, NBA
As Senior Director, Global Media Distribution - EMEA, Amy Lee oversees a team that manages media...
Former CEO, Sportfive International SA
Shaila-Ann has over twenty years experience, of which over 18 have been within the media. She is a...
Product Manager eSports, Sportradar
James joined Sportradar in Summer 2012 at an entry level, before quickly progressing upwards into a...
Co-Founder & CEO, 21st Club
Blake is the co-founder and CEO of 21st Club (www.21stclub.com | @21stClub), a company dedicated to...
European Sports Editor, Associated Press
Award-winning international sports journalist, Olympic correspondent and London-based European...
CEO & Head Pilot, Intellitix
A seasoned concert promoter and live event professional, Serge has promoted thousands of events...
Writer & Academic
Ed Smith is a historian, journalist and broadcaster, and a former international cricketer who...
Senior Vice President, Content and Production, Eurosport
Based at the international office in Paris, Arnaud is responsible for driving Eurosport’s...
Director of Sponsorship - Extreme Sailing Series™
Emily Caroe has been involved in the world of professional sailing for over 17 years, working on...
CEO, BAMMA and Giant Film & TV
David Green is the CEO of BAMMA and Giant Film & TV and has been actively involved in television...
Boxer & CEO, Hayemaker Promotions
David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye, is widely recognised as one of the best British boxers of his...
Vice President, Sport & Media Raptor Group
Sean heads the global media business for Serie A club A.S. Roma. During his engagement media...
Marketing & Communications Manager, Trek Segafredo
Tim Vanderjeugd is a former sport and travel journalist and photographer. He worked as a freelancer...
Director, Storythings Ltd
Matt Locke founded Storythings in 2011 as a creative studio helping clients tell stories in an age...
Chief Medical Officer, The FA
Dr Patterson is clinical lead of the medical service at the Wembley, where he leads a team of...
Chief Executive Officer, Grabyo
Gareth Capon is CEO at Grabyo, a real time video startup based in London that broadcasters and...
Group CEO, Wasps
David joined Wasps last summer and played a leading role in the acquisition of the Ricoh Arena and...
Managing Director, MP & Silva
Damon Garwood is Managing Director of the Digital and Technology Services Business Unit at MP &...
Head of Communications, British Cycling
Scott Dougal is head of communications at British Cycling with a remit that includes the...
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Damon Garwood is Managing Director of the Digital and Technology Services Business Unit at MP & Silva - team responsible for advising on Digital content strategies and Technology solutions to enable Sports content distribution globally.
In March 2014, Damon joined MP & Silva from NewsCorp UK having activated the paid-for content strategy, through the acquisitions of the English Premier League, SPFL, Aviva Premiership and ECB executions for The Sun and The Times of London.
Damon has substantial knowledge of the media market place having implemented successful digital content strategies and technology products at leading Media brands for the past 15 years including MTV, Nickelodeon, Walt Disney Company and British Sky Broadcasting Ltd.
Scott Dougal is head of communications at British Cycling with a remit that includes the organisations communications, digital and public affairs strategies. Before that he was Olympics Editor and Deputy Sports Editor at the Press Association and led the organisation’s preparations for the Beijing, Vancouver and London Games.
Gareth Capon is CEO at Grabyo, a real time video startup based in London that broadcasters and content rights holders to create, share and monetise live TV clips in real time. He brings more than 15 years experience in digital, mobile and television covering both corporates and startups.
Prior to joining Grabyo, Gareth was a Product Development Director at BSkyB where he managed Sky’s award winning mobile app portfolio and led investments in tech startups in Europe and North America. Gareth was also responsible for driving social TV initiatives across BSkyB during his tenure. Gareth previously founded a digital media consulting business and co-founded two start-ups covering music, mobile and social. He began his career as a strategy consultant in the telecoms and media sector at Accenture.
David joined Wasps last summer and played a leading role in the acquisition of the Ricoh Arena and Wasps’ subsequent issue of listed Retail Bonds. Previously David was the Group CFO of Lonrho plc, the pan-African conglomerate and also held senior commercial roles at Diageo plc, Compass Group plc, McArthurGlen and PepsiCo.
He is also Chairman of Effingham & Leatherhead RFC and sits on the boards of a number of technology based start-up businesses. David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Dr Patterson is clinical lead of the medical service at the Wembley, where he leads a team of Emergency Medicine specialists who provide specialist clincial & logisitcal support to elite sports at the National Stadium.
Matt Locke founded Storythings in 2011 as a creative studio helping clients tell stories in an age of digital attention. Our clients have included Google Creative Labs, Channel 4, Pulse Films, Penguin, Faber & Faber, BBC, Welcome Trust, WWF and Dazed & Confused.
Richard reports on, breaks and analyses some of the biggest stories and issues in sport. He is the current SJA Broadcast Journalist of the Year.
Richard has reported extensively on the IAAF and Fifa and was the only British-based journalist in Zurich last June when Sepp Blatter announced he was to step down as president.
Prior to joining the BBC, Richard was part of the sport editorial team for Sky News and started his career working on political programmes for ITV.
Ashling is Head of the Media, Communication and Entertainment Practice at The Inzito Partnership, where she is also actively involved within the Board Practice in executive and non-executive appointments. She works across all functional areas, with a particular emphasis on CIO, CTO and CISO roles, and has a specialist knowledge of the information, sport, technology, cyber security and consumer sectors.
She has 18 years' experience as a journalist primarily for The Times, where she was the first Olympics Correspondent on Fleet Street, and the Financial Times, where she was Media Correspondent. She was also a sports columnist for The Independent, a contributor to broadcast media including the BBC, Sky, BT Sport and a regular panel moderator and guest speaker at conferences. She spent two years in India as a foreign correspondent. She holds a degree in history from the University of Nottingham and a postgraduate qualification in journalism.
Tim Vanderjeugd is a former sport and travel journalist and photographer. He worked as a freelancer for several newspapers and magazines in the Benelux, USA, and the UK before joining the world of professional cycling as press officer in 2011.9Tim has an M.A. in Romance Linguistics and Literature, plus a post-graduate degree in Journalism. He speaks seven languages (Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish, German and some Arabic) and is currently pursuing Portuguese.
As the marketing and communications manager, Tim is essentially the eyes and ears of Trek-Segafredo at races. He is the director of communications, the team’s spokesperson and oversees the team's brand strategy. Other duties include coordinating and streamlining the team’s effort to bring news and stories to its fans and press worldwide. Tim has one of the most complex travel logistics of the team, traveling over 180 days a year, and uses his language skills daily. He enjoys working with all the unique personalities and cultures within the team and loves that he is able to understand and support them on a daily basis. Often, he must find ad hoc and pragmatic solutions for quick rising situations, but for Tim a problem is simply an opportunity in disguise. He savors this part of the job, too.
Tim was born and raised in cycling-crazed Belgium. Food is his passion - veggies, nuts, seeds, some proteins and a daily shot of dark chocolate - and he claims to make a great lentil dish. Tim was married in October, 2015, and lives with his wife in Boulder, Colorado.
Sean heads the global media business for Serie A club A.S. Roma. During his engagement media revenues have grown 3X attributable to my co-creation of Roma Studio [TV, Radio – 2014, digital – 2015]. He has created and executed Roma partnerships with Google, Maker Studios, NBC Sports, AOL, Sportsrocket, Omnigon, and others. Additionally, he evaluates and manages early stage consumer/media investments made by Raptor, the family office of Jim Pallotta. Investments include Spartan Race, Fan Manager, Fnatic, Eversport, and Inside Arlyn.
Richard Gillis left a perfectly good job to become a journalist, getting his first break working on Channel 4’s cricket coverage, where he made up viewers’ questions for Richie Benaud to answer live at lunchtime. This began an award-winning career writing for the Wall Street Journal, The Observer, The Irish Times and the Financial Times among many others. Formerly Editor of SportBusiness International, he once wrote a 100-page report on the future of sports marketing that didn’t include reference to the internet.
Richard launched the Unofficial Partner blog as an alternative guide to the sports business and it’s now a consultancy working with agencies, sponsors and sports rights holders in the area of storytelling, editorial content and strategic communications. His first book is The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport’s Great Leadership Delusion, to be published by Bloomsbury in the UK and US later this year.
Amy Lewis has been a news reporter at Sky Sports News for the past five years, covering some of the biggest stories on the country's only 24-hour sports news channel. Specialising in the financial and legal aspects of sport, she has covered high-profile court cases including the Bernie Ecclestone High Court bribery trial and the Oscar Pistorius murder case. Amy frequently presents results of her own investigations, such as a story covering the high number of professional players who had reported social media abuse to police in the past year.
Amy was one of Sky's main 'faces' during the London 2012 Olympics, presenting daily on location across a number of events and reported live as Britain won its first gold medal. Aside from regularly breaking stories on the channel, she also produces and presents 30-minute documentaries on key news issues and can be found broadcasting live outside Premier League clubs on Transfer Deadline Day.
Previously, Amy worked at Sky News covering the general election, the Royal Wedding announcement and terrorism court cases. She has interviewed four of the last five Prime Ministers. Before that, Amy worked in the ITV regions and local radio. She won two national awards - one for her coverage of the Asian Tsunami aftermath.
She also reports for the Premier League's global news channels and is a trustee of a children's sports charity, the Reading Community Trust.
David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye, is widely recognised as one of the best British boxers of his generation. He was the first British boxer to become the unified cruiserweight champion in 2008 before moving up to heavyweight and winning the WBA championship in 2009 after defeating Russian 7ft 2in giant Nikolai Valuev. In the process Haye became only the second boxer in history, alongside Evander Holyfield, to have unified the cruiserweight titles and then become heavyweight champion of the world. After a three and a half year absence through injury, Haye returned to the ring in January 2016 knocking out Mark De Mori in just 121 seconds. He returns to the ring at The O2 on May 21st.
Haye set-up Hayemaker Promotions in the early days of his career and he has managed his own interests in and outside the ring ever since.
David Green is the CEO of BAMMA and Giant Film & TV and has been actively involved in television and sporting events in the UK and the US for 20 years. He has produced shows for the likes of Sky, Channel 4, 5 and ITV in the UK and for Spike, Fox Sports and BBC America in the US. He founded BAMMA in 2009. It is now widely regarded as the biggest MMA promotion in Europe producing large scale arena events in the UK and Ireland with a large global TV audience.
Based at the international office in Paris, Arnaud is responsible for driving Eurosport’s storytelling around the best sports events to 243 million cumulative subscribers across 99 countries. He is charged with developing new standards in global production values, partnering closely with local markets to ensure Eurosport’s content and the expression of the brand values are executed consistently across all markets. He is recognised as an industry leader in adopting new production technologies to bring stories to life in new ways, including pioneering virtual reality in the sporting environment.
Arnaud began his career at Eurosport in 1994 as Head of Financial Control before becoming Director of Programming. He was then promoted to Director of Broadcast and, in 2005, ran the launch of Eurosport 2 across Europe, which now reaches 72 million homes in 19 languages. In 2010, Arnaud was appointed Deputy Managing Director for Eurosport France before being appointed to his current position in May 2015.
Arnaud is fluent in French, English and Spanish, attended the EM Lyon Business School and holds a Master’s degree in Media Management from ESCP (Paris).
Emily Caroe has been involved in the world of professional sailing for over 17 years, working on some of the most prestigious and toughest global events including the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Mini-Transat, the Volvo Ocean Race, Extreme Sailing Series™ and Vendée Globe.
After leaving school, Emily joined the British Army, spending 18 months as an Officer in the Royal Corps of Signals before supporting two Infantry Officers with the sponsorship and PR of their successful bid to row across the Atlantic in Chay Blyth’s original race in 1997.
Her civilian career started at Craigie Taylor International (then Brand Rapport) working on her first sporting love – Darts.
After a stint at Sky Sports looking after campaigns including the 2001 Lions Tour, as well as channel and talent PR, since 2007 Emily has worked for global rights-holder and event organiser, OC Sport, as PR Director, and since January 2016, as Director of Sponsorship of the eight-Act global Stadium Racing circuit, the Extreme Sailing Series™ (formerly the iShares Cup).
Emily’s experience with sport and sailing in China dates back to 2011 with the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Qingdao; consulting for the Shanghai Government on their ambitious plans to develop the sport of sailing to inspire the population of the city; creating a record-breaking sailing event on the Huangpu River, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, for Land Rover China; and supporting the first Chinese entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng Race Team.
Emily can’t sail.
Sophie Goldschmidt joined Chime Sports Marketing (CSM) as Group Managing Director in February 2016. Prior to this Sophie acted as the Rugby Football Union’s Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer joining from the National Basketball Association (NBA) where she was Managing Director and Senior Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer role at the RFU gave Sophie responsibility for all the union’s revenue areas, plus all the joint venture operations. In addition to the commercial areas Sophie oversaw Marketing, Digital, CRM, Resourcing, Communications and project management of the RFU’s Rugby World Cup departmental initiatives. Sophie was also a member of the RFU’s Management Board.
In over four years at the NBA, she spearheaded impressive growth across media distribution, sponsorship, licensing and events in addition to overseeing various regional offices. She helped lead the NBA’s international efforts with a strong media and grassroots strategy, which included bringing the NBA’s first ever regular season games to Europe.
Sophie is also currently a Non-Executive Board Member of the PGA European Tour and the Youth Sports Trust.
A seasoned concert promoter and live event professional, Serge has promoted thousands of events across three continents over a 40-year career, including more than 20 years within the ticketing industry.
Serge is the co-founder of Intellitix, the leading global provider of RFID Access Control, Cashless Payment, Brand Amplification and Smart Data solutions for live events. Since 2011, Intellitix’s technology platform has enhanced over 15 million guest experiences at live events around the world including The Ryder Cup, UEFA Champions Festival, The Greenbrier Classic, Irish Open, Snowbombing and many more.
Intellitix recently won “Best Technology Provider” at the 2016 Event Production Awards and was ranked by Fast Company as “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies” in Live Events, exemplifying the best in business and innovation.
We don’t sell tickets, but we can make them do remarkable things!
Jon is a Consultant (and the self-appointed Head of Strong Coffee) for sports digital consultancy Seven League. He has spent the last few years working as part of Richard Ayers’ team of digital specialists assisting the likes of UEFA, many of UEFA’s composite National Football Associations, O2 Rugby, and the Green Bay Packers with their digital strategies.
Something of a curious hybrid, Jon straddles the creative and data worlds, employing analytics to inform a client’s approach, and help them deliver creative and engaging content, products, services, or whatever the business needs.
Jon’s background is in media / music / entertainment working previously in creative roles for the BBC, Global Media Group, Red Bull, TATA, and Avalon Entertainment, amongst others
A dynamic leader, Kate is Managing Partner at Speed Communications, leading the Sports & Media Division and also MD of the London office. Described as an energetic tour de force who leads creative, strategic communications and brand development campaigns for clients across the agency whose clients include The North Face, adidas, Lucozade Sport, Technogym, The Economist, Samsung and Virgin Media. Kate has also worked extensively with Unilever, The European Tour - specifically the 2010 Ryder Cup and three 2012 Olympic sponsor clients.
Kate was appointed onto the Board of Sport England in October 2013 and has recently been asked to stay on for a further 3 year term. Kate is Board lead for the phenomenally successful ‘This Girl Can’ campaign which has won more than 50 global advertising awards for impact, engagement, behaviour change and creative and most importantly, led 2.8m more women into regular physical activity since the launch of the campaign in Jan 2015.
Kate’s earlier career started with a four year stint at Scottish & Newcastle Breweries in Edinburgh working in sales, operations and brand marketing before taking part in the 2000-2001 BT Global Challenge and setting up her first agency, KTB PR, in 2003 which she then sold to Speed in 2012.
Simon Long is responsible for the development and implementation of Repucom’s commercial strategy across the UK & Ireland. His role involves working with rights holders, media platforms and brands to provide insight into the benefits of sport and entertainment and how to engage most effectively with consumers, fans and partners. In recent times this has included work with a host of eSports-related companies, including tournament owners, promoters, publishers and broadcast platforms..
Simon joined Repucom after a period as Chief Commercial Officer for the Lawn Tennis Association, where he drove activities in sponsorship, major events, TV and awareness within the sport.
Previously, he had over 20 years’ experience in senior international and domestic sales and marketing roles at Diageo and then as CEO of North One Sport, the global promoter of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Ed Smith is a historian, journalist and broadcaster, and a former international cricketer who represented Kent and Middlesex and England.
His books include What Sport Tells Us About Life (Penguin, 2009) and, most recently, Luck: A fresh look at fortune (Bloomsbury, 2012).
A former leader writer for The Times, Ed Smith is a columnist for the New Statesman, The Sunday Times and ESPNcricinfo. In 2010 he wrote and presented a TV documentary for BBC1, and is a regular broadcaster for the BBC. He is currently working on a large-scale history of sport in the 19th and 20th centuries to be published by Penguin in 2017. He also commentates for Test Match Special.
As Senior Director, Global Media Distribution - EMEA, Amy Lee oversees a team that manages media distribution to broadcasters in Europe. She also leads business development projects such as the recent bundle deal for NBA League Pass and the Eurosport Player.
Amy joined the NBA in September of 2013 as Director, Global Media Distribution – EMEA working closely together with existing broadcast partners as well as creating new deals all across the EMEA region. She previously worked at SPORTFIVE in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Geneva with responsibilities across media rights sales and acquisitions, having worked on UEFA EURO 2008, UEFA EURO 2012, English Premier League, German Bundesliga.
Amy is Chinese-Canadian and speaks 4 languages fluently. She graduated from University of Toronto and also obtained an MBA from University of Liverpool and currently lives in London, UK.
Mike Lee OBE is Chairman of VERO, a strategic communications company he launched in 2006, following his role as Director of Communications and Public Affairs for London’s successful 2012 Olympic bid. He was Director of Communications and Public Affairs for European football’s governing body, UEFA, 2000-2004 and media and political strategist for the English Premier League 1994-2000.
Mike has been involved in a number of successful bid campaigns, including Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games, Rio 2016 Summer Games, the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup and the inclusion of Rugby in the Olympic Programme. He also advised Brian Cookson in his campaign for the Presidency of the International Cycling Union (UCI), Lord Sebastian Coe in his campaign for the Presidency of the IAAF and Gianni Infantino in his campaign for President of FIFA.
Mike also worked with the city of Belo Horizonte in the promotion of the city as a host for the Confederations Cup in 2013 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Current clients include Rio 2016, World Rugby, the UCI, UEFA, the International Surfing Association and the Paris 2024 Bid Committee.
Mike was voted PR Week’s PR Professional of the Year in 2005 and awarded an OBE in that year’s New Year’s Honours list. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Beyond Sport, a Fellow of the RSA and in 2006 published his book The Race for the 2012 Olympics.
Shaila-Ann has over twenty years experience, of which over 18 have been within the media. She is a dual qualified lawyer, a Solicitor and admitted to the Paris Bar. She began her career as a lawyer in private practice in the City, then in Paris, before spending 12 years within the Legal and Business Affairs Department of TF1, the leading european commercial broadcaster. By the end of her time at TF1 she had been promoted to Deputy Legal Director of the Group. When she left in 2008 it was to become General Counsel of Stéphane Courbit’s new audiovisual production group Banijay Entertainment in Paris.
Whilst at TF1 she worked on a number of major sports deals - the FIFA World Cup 2002, 2006, 2010 & 2014, the Rugby World Cup 2007 & 2011, Formula 1, several cycles of the UEFA Champions League, to name a few...
She then went on to join Sportfive International, at that time a leading sports media and marketing agency (a subsidiary of the Lagardère Group), in Geneva as COO in March 2011 and became CEO just a few months later, in October 2011.
Sportfive managed the media and marketing rights for the majority of the European Football Associations, commercialised the media and marketing rights to a number of national and european football leagues, worked closely with FIBA in Asia and commercialised the media rights to the 2014 Sochi and 2016 Rio Olympic Games in 40 European countries.
She stepped down from her role as CEO of Sportfive International at the end of 2013.
A 30-year veteran of the sports industry, Richard Graham joined Mondogoal in February 2016 as International Director, responsible for the company’s business development.
A former CEO of Commonwealth Games England and the Professional Squash Association, Graham has worked across a variety of sports, including football, rugby union and rugby league, ice hockey, equestrian sport, F1, golf and tennis.
Graham is also a long-standing advisor to Sporting Equals, a charity promoting diversity in sport and is also the founder of “Seats for Soldiers”, an initiative to provide free football matchday tickets to military personnel and their families.
James joined Sportradar in Summer 2012 at an entry level, before quickly progressing upwards into a senior level position within the company’s Security Services division. Having closely followed the various breaking eSports integrity issues, particularly those developing around Winter 2014, James successfully designed, created and managed the eSports integrity arm of Sportradar. Indeed, currently the Security Services monitor all eSports events hosted by leading tournament organiser ESL (Electronic Sports League) – widely renowned as the world’s largest eSports company.
James’s passion for eSports extends beyond simply playing video games recreationally. Being a keen follower of all of the major eSports titles, he has developed an intuition for spotting current and future trends, as well as key risks facing what is still a young and vulnerable industry. Always on-top of new developments in the eSports-betting environment, James keeps a close eye on both regulated betting outlets and non-regulated sectors dealing with the exchange of in-game items.
Jon Tibbs is a strategic international communications expert specialising in corporate reputation management in the Olympic Movement and the sports industry. He set up JTA in 2001, and the 15-strong agency has since developed a portfolio of blue-chip clients in global sport, including Manchester United, Discovery Communications, LA 2024, FINA, FIVB and the Association of National Olympic Committees. JTA has gone on to win several awards including, in 2014, the highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. Since 2009,
Jon has been Chairman of the UKTI Global Sports Projects Sector Advisory Group.
Award-winning international sports journalist, Olympic correspondent and London-based European sports editor of The Associated Press. Covered 14 summer and winter Olympic Games, and headed to Rio de Janeiro this year for No. 15. President of Olympic Journalists Association since 2014.
Member of IOC Press Commission since 1991. Selected by U.S. newspaper sports editors as double winner of ``Sports Writer of the Year'' and ``Story of the Year'' awards for coverage of the Salt Lake City bidding scandal and IOC crisis. In-demand TV and radio expert on Olympic issues and anti-doping matters, with appearances on BBC, CNN, ESPN, NBC, PBS and many other outlets. Before coming to London, worked as AP newsman in Rome, New Delhi, Miami, Boston and New York. Native of Washington, D.C. Graduate of Tufts University.
Blake is the co-founder and CEO of 21st Club (www.21stclub.com | @21stClub), a company dedicated to helping professional soccer clubs achieve competitive edge by thinking differently.
Blake has been a key player in the sports data market for over 15 years, having achieved the highest industry accreditation in performance analytics and a First Class Honours Degree in notational analysis. He was previously the Global Business Development Director for Prozone Sports, before recognising the growing industry shift towards deriving meaning from data and establishing 21st Club.
Wooster also writes for the thought-leading blog 'Evolution', which delivers analytical insights to key stakeholders in football and business leaders across the globe.
Alison Bender is ESPN’s London based Football presenter and reporter.
Over her fifteen years in broadcasting Alison has hosted and reported live at many matches and tournaments including World Cup, Champions League, Europa League and Premier League.
For the past five seasons Alison has been working for the Premier League’s global channel, hosting analysis shows, reporting live at matches and managers’ press conferences and interviewing players.
In 2004 Alison relocated to Madrid to set up the club’s English language version of Real Madrid TV before moving back to the UK to work for Chelsea TV.
An expert speaker on Premier league and European football, Alison is a regular host and guest on podcasts, TV and radio shows.
Other channels you may have seen Alison on include the BBC, ITV, TalkSport, Al Jazeera and Sky Sports News in the UK as well as many global channels.
Robert trained at one of the world’s largest law-firms, Linklaters in the mid-1990s and qualified and practised there as a litigator for 4 years. He joined the British Olympic Association as its head of legal through the Sydney Olympic cycle and the early days of the London 2012 Olympic bid. Robert then became a partner at the international law firm Farrer & Co., where he headed the firm’s commercial sports group (ranked no.1 in the UK for 5 consecutive years for its sponsorship work) advising sports rights holders and international federations on commercial, event operational and regulatory and governance matters.
Robert became global director of the Laureus Sport for Good foundation before establishing The Sports Consultancy with Angus Buchanan in 2006.
As co-founder and joint Managing Director of The Sports Consultancy, Robert is responsible for growing the business and leading the company's rights holder bidding, city consulting and commercial legal teams, providing smart solutions and optimising returns for international federations, major event owners and global city clients. The Sports Consultancy works with some of the world's most recognised events and rights holders structuring and selling sponsorship, broadcasting and hosting rights, and creating, optimising and owning events. Clients include the Region of Madrid, Barcelona, London, Gothenburg, Dubai, the America’s Cup, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), International Basketball (FIBA), International Cycling (UCI), International Sailing, the Volvo Ocean Race, World Rugby, the Women's Tennis Association, the NEC Group, the BOA and Royal Ascot.
When Robert’s not running bids for major federations, he’s out running the streets of north London, clocking up the middle distance training miles to scrape a few 10ths off his 800m time for the GB masters team.
Jeffrey Haas is the Chief International Officer of DraftKings, a leading Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) destination that is the fastest-growing company in the industry since its launch in 2012. Haas oversees DraftKings’ business expansion into new markets outside the United States and manages the International operations team in the United Kingdom.
Haas is a business development veteran with more than twelve years’ experience opening markets for new gaming products around the world. Before joining DraftKings, he worked in the international gaming where he gained his extensive knowledge in international business development, commercial law, regulatory compliance, game design and public affairs efforts around the world. He led award-winning online and mobile product innovation teams for PokerStars and oversaw live gaming operations in more than 40 jurisdictions.
Haas previously managed the Discovery Channel's Interactive Group in Canada and worked as an independent consultant for numerous technology, financial, media and gaming companies.
Haas resides in London, England with his wife and children.
Kenneth Fuchs joined STATS in 2015 from Yahoo Inc. where he served in various product and media leadership roles including oversight of Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Entertainment and strategic product partnerships. He brings an extensive background in sports technology and digital media to STATS and has particularly deep domain experience in fantasy sports and analytics.
Prior to Yahoo Ken held senior digital leadership positions at News Corp. and Time Inc. Ken holds a Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University.
Sabrina Ibáñez, 50, was appointed FEI Secretary General in January 2015.
Sabrina Ibáñez holds a bachelor’s degree in Science in Communications and History from Boston University and a diploma in Sociology, Politics and Management of Sport Science from the Universities of Lausanne, Leicester, and Montpellier.
Ibáñez, who has been with the FEI since 1991, has previously held the positions of FEI Director, Governance and Executive Affairs; Human Resources, Finance & Administration coordinator; Sports administrator; and Manager of the Secretary General’s office.
Prior to working for the FEI, Sabrina Ibáñez was with Telecom Japan TV Productions in New York (USA) and the Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur (FINA) in Lausanne (SUI).
Sabrina Ibáñez is a Swiss national of Salvadorian, American, and Austrian descent. She is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and has two sons aged 19 and 22.
Wouter Sleijffers has a depth of experience and knowledge of all things business and gaming related. With a background in marketing, Wouter previously worked at the likes of Skrill and Everest gaming before joining Fnatic last year as its Chief Executive Officer.
With a huge passion for the brand, its players, staff and fans, Wouter’s vision and dedication has helped to grow the company, increase revenue and launch Fnatic Gear, an industry breakthrough as the first eSports organisation to ever create its own line of peripherals.
Hailing from the Netherlands, Wouter now resides in north London with his wife and two kids. When not running the Fnatic and the Sleijffers family, he enjoys football, networking and the occasional game of heroes of the storm.
Angus is a lawyer by training specialising in multi-jurisdiction litigation at a major city of London law firm. However, Angus’s passion has always been sport and his career started out at the sharp end of sport as a professional sportsman. He was the youngest crew member on Sir Peter Blake and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s world record breaking non-stop circumnavigation of the world in 1994.
Angus now heads up The Sports Consultancy's brand and rights holder consultancy. He established a successful rights holder consultancy in 2000 and is proud to have been advising clients like Volvo since 2002 in the development of their sports events and creating ground-breaking sponsorships such as Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean in the Volvo Ocean Race. Angus has consulted brand and rights holder clients on properties ranging from Formula One to the Olympic Games and now works with rights holder clients such as FEI, Volvo Ocean Race and ISAF, led the Madrid 2018 Ryder Cup bid and liaises with The Sports Consultancy's brand clients such as AMD.
Johannes Franken is the Deputy Head of Digital operations at Host Broadcast Services (HBS). In this role, he is responsible for the development and management of the multimedia services offered by HBS to its partners and clients.
Johannes designed and implemented the multimedia offers provided by HBS for the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM and is currently handling the evolution of the project for future flagship events. He is also overseeing the Technology and Operations Unit within the Infront Digital Solutions Team, working to develop groundbreaking global digital strategies. Johannes is a featured speaker at sports, media and broadcast conferences including IBC Amsterdam and Sportel Asia/Monaco.
Before joining HBS in 2012, Johannes worked for v3 consulting GmbH, specializing in management and IT-consulting and was previously Head of Production Management for Plazamedia. For the 2006 FIFA World CupTM, Johannes also worked in the New Media Department of Infront Sports and Media.
On Monday August 3, 2015, Canadian Keith Pelley became the fourth Chief Executive in the history of The European Tour. Prior to joining The European Tour, Pelley was President of Rogers Media in Toronto where he was responsible for leading the overall operations of the company’s diverse portfolio, including Television, Radio, Publishing, Digital Media, The Shopping Channel, subscription-based content services, Toronto Blue Jays, and Rogers Centre.
Before that, he was Executive Vice-President of Strategic Planning at CTVglobemedia, President of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium – which won a record seven awards for its coverage of Vancouver 2010 – President and CEO of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club, and President of The Sports Network in Canada, a company he first joined as an Editorial Assistant in 1986.
He is a graduate of Ryerson University with a BA in Radio and Television Arts, and also received an ATCL diploma from Trinity College in London.
Thomas Neubert is Chief Commercial Officer for Virtually Live. He's passionate about growing tech startups and pioneering the future. Before Virtually Live, Neubert served as VP/GM Business Development & Partnering in Deutsche Telekom’s Silicon Valley office. He and his team nurtured strategic global partnerships with leading technology companies and platforms. Thomas has over 24 years of experience in the 3D graphics, video conferencing, and mobile industries.
In his role as President & CEO since 2005, Philippe Blatter has transformed Infront Sports & Media through both organic expansion and strategic acquisition to become one of the leading international sports marketing companies. In 2015, Philippe was also appointed as President & CEO of the newly founded Wanda Sports Holding, the world’s leading sports business entity incorporating Infront, IRONMAN and Wanda Sports China.
Prior to his career at Infront, Philippe spent 10 years at global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company as Partner and then Principal. He has worked extensively in various sports-related organisations and served as board member of the Right To Play Foundation Switzerland for more than 10 years. Philippe Blatter holds a Master of Science degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and an MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA.
Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN, has more than a decade of experience in leadership roles at global sports and entertainment companies. Andrew has a tremendous track record of helping global companies bolster their brands and grow internationally while delivering the highest quality events and products to participants, sponsors and media partners.
Prior to joining IRONMAN in 2011, Andrew served as President of AEG Sports since 2007. At AEG, Andrew played a leading role in its international development and for its sports teams and properties, including the Amgen Tour of California, Bay to Breakers foot race, Euroleague Basketball, AEG China.
From 2000 through 2007, Andrew was the Senior Vice President of NBA International. He was responsible for overseeing the NBA’s network of international offices and for leading the NBA’s efforts to globalize.
Andrew joined the NBA from Sara Lee Corporation, where he held a range of business development, marketing and general management positions in the UK, Australia and Canada.
Andrew earned a BA in Economics and Psychology from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Spike Laurie has been an International Director and UK Co-Managing Director of ESL, the world's largest esports company, since September 2015. His focus to date has been on growing the UK business and on launching ESL’s new expansion into Latin America.
Before joining ESL Spike was responsible for retention and engagement across Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment games in EMEA and globally responsible for the Mortal Kombat X competitive play and esports programmes.
When time allows, Spike supports UK games industry charities Special Effect and Gamesaid, the latter of which he is a trustee.
Andrea Radrizzani is president of international broadcaster ELEVEN SPORTS NETWORK, which he founded in April 2015. The network has already made impressive strides in the sports broadcast industry, launching two channels, Eleven and Eleven Sports, in Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Singapore and Taiwan. Through his holding company, Aser Media, Andrea is a major shareholder of ELEVEN, MP & Silva and Bike, a 24-hr broadcast network dedicated exclusively to cycling.
Prior to ELEVEN, a long-term professional partnership with Riccardo Silva and a shared passion for sports led them to found MP & Silva in 2004. As a founding partner of MP & Silva, Andrea has been at the forefront of the sports media rights industry, overseeing acquisitions with major governing bodies including the English Premier League, FIFA, UEFA, Formula 1 and the Olympic Council of Asia.
Andrea’s opinion has been requested by the international press to comment on major sports rights deals, international sports and television growth, and new trends in the global sports rights market.
Andrea is also the founder of Play for Change, a charity that uses the power of sport and media to support children in disadvantaged conditions, with ongoing projects around the world.
Lewis is a former Channel 4 News journalist, who set up Red Lantern Digital Media in 2011. The company helps rights-holders and athletes engage with their Chinese fans, via digital channels and long-term campaigns.
Clients include: the Premier League, Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, the Wimbledon Championships, the Davis Cup & the European Tour.
Lewis is a fluent Mandarin speaker, having worked in both Shanghai (2001) and Beijing (2010-12) as a journalist. He was named Newspaper Society Journalist of the Year whilst working in the UK in 2005.
Red Lantern has offices in London, Manchester and Beijing. All staff members are bi-lingual in English and Chinese. Red Lantern is part of the Triple S Sports and Entertainment Group.
Dr. Lynn Lashbrook is President of Sports Management Worldwide, the first online sports management school, and a respected voice in the sports business community, often serving as a field expert in publications like Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Reuters and Sports Business International.
Lashbrook has served at the collegiate level as a coach, scout, recruiter, athletic academic adviser, compliance officer and athletic director. In professional sports, Dr. Lashbrook’s has represented over 100 NFL players, helped save Providence Park stadium in Portland, home of the Timbers, and worked to bring Major League Baseball to Portland.
An accomplished speaker, Dr. Lashbrook has spoken on five of seven continents in addition to hosting and moderating SMWW Career Conferences at major sporting events across the nation.
SMWW offers a global sports education via online courses and audio chats, taught by pillars of the sports industry. SMWW graduates currently work in every major sports league in the world, including the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, Rugby, Cricket, MLS and the English Premier League.
Ioris Francini is President, IMG Media.
He joined IMG in 2003 as Head of Sales for Media in Italy before relocating to London in 2007 to head up sales across EMEA. He was promoted to Executive Vice President of IMG Media in 2012 and President, IMG Media, in May 2014.
Ioris oversees and is responsible for the performance of IMG Media’s businesses and interests.
This includes (i) handling directly clients and events such as the International Olympic Commitee, RCS (Giro d’Italia), Euroleague Basketball, Dorna (Moto GP), Major League Soccer (MLS) and the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).
(ii) running global sales and acquisitions across both sports and entertainment;
(iii) overseeing the IMG Media joint ventures in golf, sports news and basketball;
(iv) supervising the Production business at IMG Media
Previously, Ioris completed his law degree in Rome and began his career as a lawyer responsible for the financing of feature films. He joined IMG from top European film production company Movieweb, where he was Head of Legal and Business Affairs from 2001.
John Rhodes is the director of HOK’s global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice covering Europe, MENA and into Asia-Pacific. Over more than 15 years he has focused on developing high-profile facilities for a range of professional sports and entertainment interests.
Based in London, John works to advance the next generation of multipurpose sports and entertainment venues. These facilities become destinations in their own right spurring urban regeneration and economic development as components of integrated mixed-use. His experience spans across the design of stadia, arena, racing circuits, expo centres and high-performance training facilities.
His work includes the design of several venues around the world, such the master plan for the Dubai 2020 World Expo, the award-winning Leeds First Direct Arena, the new Silverstone British Grand Prix Circuit & Facilities and the FIFA Club World Cup National Stadium refurbishment in Abu Dhabi.
Concentrating his marketing and promotional skills on the subject of sport, Patrick Nally helped reinvent many traditional events into sophisticated vehicles through which companies could achieve kudos and exposure. As an entrepreneur and specialist consultant he is therefore widely acknowledged as the ‘founding father’ of modern sports marketing.
With BBC presenter and sports commentator Peter West, Nally founded the West Nally Group in 1969 as a public relations agency with a specialized sporting events mandate. With West as chairman, and managing director Nally its driving force, the company would go on to redefine the sports business industry by pioneering the offering to ‘blue chip’ companies of exclusive, off-the-shelf packages of sponsorship rights to the world’s largest sports tournaments on behalf of the world’s leading sports federations.
Early successes included securing investment to establish the Masters in snooker, the Squash World Open, and an annual one-day cricket competition which would run for three decades in the UK. In 1976, on brokering an agreement to sponsor the FIFA World Cup, the company assured its reputation as a leading innovator within the expanding sports marketing field. Employing over 400 staff in 14 offices across 11 countries in its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s, West Nally has served as partner to, among others, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Rugby Board (IRB),to FIFA and UEFA, the Davis Cup and Federation Cup in tennis, the Hockey World Cup, the International Swimming Federation (FINA), the International Rowing Federation (FISA), the International Cycling Union (UCI), the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and the FIS World Ski Cup.
Still very much involved with the development of major sports, in 2009 Nally took up the lead in promoting poker as a mind sport on a global stage. As the current President of the International Federation of Poker (IFP), founded in Lausanne, Switzerland, home of the Olympic movement and most other sports federations, it is his intention to champion poker as a game of strategic skill, alongside chess, bridge, draughts and Go. With more than 50 member nations IFP promotes the game through its unique Match Poker format, which eliminates the luck of draw and utilises smartphones instead of physical cards. While the size and scope of IFP keeps expanding, the goal remains the same: to promote the educational, social and respectable values of poker as a mind sport.
For some years, Nally has also been working with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to assist in establishing relationships with international sport federations and explore ways of using sport as a portal for education. Patrick Nally is a lecturer and touring fellow of the World Academy of Sport and a past Academic Director of the IE Business School in Madrid’s Master in Sports Management teaching the use of sport as the ultimate communication medium.
David Cushnan has been Global Communications Manager for Repucom, the trusted advisor in sports and entertainment intelligence, since May 2015. Between 2008 and 2015, he was Editor and then Editor-in-Chief of SportsPro, overseeing the print magazine from launch, the company’s other specialist publications, its website and event content.
He has reported on all aspects of the sports industry and interviewed many of world sport’s senior operators, as well as moderating and hosting a variety of conferences, events and private functions including Soccerex, the World Travel Market, the Ivy Sports Symposium, Doha Goals and the first two editions of SportsPro Live.
He can be found on Twitter @DavidCushnan.
Carlo De Marchis is the Chief Product Officer at deltatre and has joined the company in 1988; for 26 years now, he has experienced the highest levels of sport all around the world and participated to every step of deltatre’s impressive growth. Today, Carlo De Marchis leads the Company’s Product Strategy with an exclusive drive on Social Media, Multi-platform digital solutions and their interaction with the TV.
Carlo is seen as an innovator, challenger, and visionary, someone who is curious, passionate, assertive, early-adopter. He also has a fanatical user-perspective attention to the quality and usability of what deltatre delivers to clients and end-users.
[email protected] ; www.deltatre.com ; Twitter: @cdm
As head of Asia Pacific, Chris Guinness is responsible for the overall business operation and strategic planning for IMG Media (formerly known as TWI) for the region. He also oversees all content sales and acquisitions to TV and new media platforms. In addition to being a Board Director of SNTV, IMG’s long term sports news joint venture with Associated Press, he is also a Board Director of Asian Tour Media, IMG’s strategic joint venture with the Asian golf tour.
Chris Guinness first joined IMG in 1989 and moved to Hong Kong in 1996 to jointly oversee IMG Media’s business in Asia Pacific. Chris left IMG in 2002 to pursue other ventures before returning to the UK in 2004 to became CEO of CSI. In 2006 Chris and his senior management team successfully completed a management buyout of CSI before completing the sale of the business to IMG in early 2007. Chris moved back to Asia to take up his current role in 2011.
Chris graduated from Worcester College, Oxford with a BA Honours degree in GREATS (Ancient History and Philosophy).
Stefan Kürten, Director of Eurovision Services & Sports Rights, started his career at the EBU in 2001 as Director of Eurovision Operations, responsible for the EBU/Eurovision’s business strategy and activities. He oversees the commercial exploitation of the Eurovision network as well as the acquisition and sales of sports rights. Since his appointment, the EBU has grown to become a global satellite and fibre network with the Eurovision brand positioned as a global provider of broadcast services for all top international events in news and sports. He has also broadened the sports rights activities to make the EBU more competitive in the greatly changed marketplace. Stefan Kürten initiated the development of the organization into a successful commercial enterprise with subsidiaries in Europe, the USA and Asia and extended the Eurovision network for the provision of worldwide fibre and broadband services. Under his responsibility, the EBU managed to secure major sports rights for its Members including the EURO 2016, FIFA World Cup until 2012, IAAF, IBU, ISU and the newly created European Sport Championships 2018.
Stefan Kürten started his broadcast career at German national public television broadcaster ZDF in 1989 as personal advisor to the editor-in-chief during the democratization process in Eastern Europe and German unification. In 1992 he became Head of International Programme Affairs. From 1996-2001 he was Controller Sports Rights. In 1998 he was elected EBU Sports Committee Chairman, a position he held until his appointment to the EBU in 2001.
Stefan Kürten is an international lawyer and has studied at universities in Germany, England and Latin America. He is married and has 2 children.
During his professional cycling career, Jonny represented his country at elite level in world championships of three of the sport’s disciplines – road, track and mountain bike.
Along with numerous national titles, Jonny won a bronze medal alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
After retiring from competitive cycling in 2000, Jonny was appointed as British Cycling’s regional talent manager for the North East. Four years later, he took over management of the membership department before being appointed to his current role, Director of cycle sport and membership, in 2009.
In this role, Jonny leads the team responsible for all sporting event administration and its development, the delivery of major domestic and international events and identification, training and resourcing of key event officials and volunteers, and the development of future event-related legislation.
This work covers six cycling disciplines – track, road, mountain bike, BMX, cyclo-cross and cycle speedway - including both Olympic and non-Olympic events.
Peter Hutton joined Eurosport as CEO in 2015, charged with strengthening and localising the brand worldwide. In November 2015 Peter spearheaded the successful rebrand of the sports destination with the ambition to become the preferred destination for sports fans everywhere, fueling their passion with great sport’s stories. He is delivering a strategy which will see large scale development of Eurosport to create more locally relevant content with home-grown talent and a dedicated feed in key markets. Peter is also responsible for growing Eurosport’s online live and on demand presence through Eurosport Player, a multi-screen subscription service, and Eurosport.com, Europe’s #1 online sports destination.
Peter has worked in the sports industry for over 30 years in a variety of roles all over the world. Prior to Eurosport, he was CEO at the MP and Silva sports rights agency, and previously he was part of Fox International Channels, driving the launch of their sports business outside the Americas, including the acquisition of Setanta Sports in Africa and ESPN/Star Sports in Asia. He became CEO of ESPN/Star Sports based out of Singapore and oversaw its change into Fox Sports in Asia and Star Sports in India.
Graduating from Cambridge University, Peter began his career as a sports journalist, including being a sports editor for BBC TV and a presenter and commentator for Sky Sports.
George Pyne is the founder and president of Bruin Sports Capital, a $250 million privately held international media, sports, marketing and branded lifestyle company.
Prior to starting Bruin Sports Capital, Pyne was President of IMG Sports and Entertainment, where he was the driving force behind the firm’s remarkable growth, boosting revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars and tripling IMG’s total valuation during his nine year tenure.
Earlier, Pyne served as Chief Operating Officer of NASCAR, becoming the second non-family member in 50 years to join its Board of Directors. Under Pyne’s leadership, NASCAR secured several billion-dollar licensing, sponsorship, investment and media rights partnerships, and became a dominant force in North American sports.
Pyne has been recognized as one of the most influential people in professional sports by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Sporting News and Sports Business Journal. He is a member of the Sports Business Journal’s Hall of Fame and the National Football Foundation’s Leadership Hall of Fame. Advertising Age named him as one of its “Top 100 Marketers” and he received lifetime achievement awards from the NCAA and Ivy League Football Association.
Raised in Milford, Massachusetts, Pyne attended Brown University where he earned All-Ivy and All-New England honors and served as captain of the university’s football team. He served on the boards of IMG, NASCAR and 24 Hour Fitness, and is currently on the Board of the National Football Foundation.
Known for his in-depth experience and knowledge in sports, on all levels, Mr. Marius Vizer started from being a judo athlete (at the age of 16) and continued as a coach from 1982 to 1988. He became President of Romanian Judo Federation (1998), continuing after as the President of European Judo Union and Vice President of International Federation (2000) and to finally become the President of IJF (since 2007).
He implemented a number of important and progressive reforms in Judo, which led to a considerable development of this sport. He created the World Judo Tour, a series of annual competitions consisting today of World Championships, World Masters, 5 Grand Slams, 11 Grand Prix organized yearly.
He was also President of SportAccord (2013-2015) and has special recognitions in sport such as Dr. Honoris Causa – from different universities, The Great Cross of the Merit of the Circle of Black Belts – France, and others.
Reggie Bradford brings more than 20 years of experience to his role as Senior Vice President of Product Development at Oracle. In his current role, he is focused on driving Oracle’s vision to become the global leader in Cloud Computing. He also serves as a thought leader speaking and writing about marketing technology, social business and today’s customer experience imperative.
Prior to joining Oracle, Bradford was the founder and CEO of Vitrue, the global leader in cloud based social marketing platform. Vitrue was acquired by Oracle in May 2012 and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle. Prior to Vitrue, Bradford held executive management positions at TANDBERG Television, N2 Broadband, and WebMD.
Over the course of his career, Bradford has received a number of industry accolades recognizing his success as an entrepreneur and Internet visionary, including Business Insider’s 2014 Most Influential People in Cloud Computing; Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Award in 2013; Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012. Bradford currently serves on the board of directors of Integrate, a cloud-based marketing and media services provider; Mana Health, a healthcare technology startup which helps physicians glean trends from patient medical record data; and Persado, a marketing technology startup which provides marketers with an automated copywriting software that generates persuasive language to their target audience.
Bradford received a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Emory University. He serves on numerous advisory boards including Felix Capital of London and Non-Executive Chairman of Sinefo Ventures. Bradford resides in London with his wife Holly and their six children.
Yiannis Exarchos, born in Athens in 1964, studied law and film directing. He produced and presented cultural and art programmes on Greek TV and Radio and held several management and senior executive positions in a number of broadcast organisations.
Specialising in the broadcast of global sport events, he has served as a top executive for all Olympic Host Broadcasters since Athens 2004. He is currently the CEO of Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and also the Executive Director of the Olympic Channel, leading the IOC’s effort in the launch of the Olympic Channel later this year.
His in-depth media experience and leadership have earned him numerous recognitions, including five Emmy Awards, an award from the Greek NOC for long-term contribution to the Olympic Movement and the Great Wall Friendship Award, in acknowledgment of his contribution to Beijing’s progress and development.
With over 20 years of professional experience, Chris Lencheski has authored industry-setting standards and practice guidelines followed by major entities from network and cable television groups to Fortune 500 companies. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board and CEO of IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE). A portfolio company of TPG Specialty Lending, IRGSE is a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences across the globe.
Prior to IRGSE, Mr. Lencheski was President of Comcast-Spectacor subsidiary Front Row Marketing and Analytics – the 35 offices multi-continent stadia, sports media commercial rights and entertainment agency inside the greater Comcast ecosystem. Before Comcast, Lencheski was Founder, CEO, and President of sports marketing agency SKI & Company, the first-ever global agency of record designation by General Motors for their General Motors Racing group. Chris was also a team owner in NASCAR, as well as owner and governor of the International Hockey League franchise; the Quad City Mallards.
The Right Honourable Sir Hugh Robertson KCMG DL is an Executive Director at Falcon and Associates and is the current Vice Chairman of the British Olympic Association.
Sir Hugh served in the British Government as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2012 to 2014 with responsibility for the Middle East, North Africa and Counter Terrorism.
From 2010 to 2012, he was the Minister for the Olympics where he oversaw the delivery of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and as Minister for Sport, led an unprecedented period of sporting success for Great Britain. First elected in 2001, Sir Hugh served three consecutive full terms in Parliament, doubling his majority at both the 2005 and 2010 General Elections.
Prior to his career in politics, Sir Hugh worked with financial services firm Schroder Investment Management after being an Officer in the British Armed Forces for over 10 years serving in Bosnia, Cyprus, the Middle East and Northern Ireland.
Sir Hugh was appointed to the Privy Council in 2012 and made a Knight Commander of St Michael and St George in 2014.
Mr. Carey began his career as an analyst in 1983 and has over 30 years of stadium, sports, project finance and infrastructure expertise completing over $140 billion in financing. He has primarily focused on financings in the municipal market, ranging from revenue bond credits and project financings for sports facilities, large toll roads, ports, and public private partnerships (P3s) in the U.S.
Mr. Carey has financed 35 stadiums and arenas including, New Yankee Stadium, Gillette Stadium, Barclays Arena, Levi’s Stadium. He is currently working on the new Stadio della Roma with AS Roma. In 2007, he was named “Top 100 Power Players of Sports” by BusinessWeek and profiled by Bloomberg in January of 2015. Additionally, he served as a professor at New York University, teaching “Investment Analysis of Sports Facilities” through the Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management.
Earned an AB in Economics from Harvard College in 1983
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One of the most modern and breathtaking arenas in the world, Wembley Stadium is home to the England national side, as well as the FA Cup Final and Semi Finals, The Football League Cup Final, The FA Community Shield, The Football League Play Off Finals and The Rugby Football League Challenge Cup Final. The stadium also regularly hosts other major sporting events including a regular season NFL game and epic music concerts.
The most striking, highly visible feature of the stadium is a 133m tall arch that sits above the north stand. With a span of 315 metres, the arch is the longest single span roof structure in the world and is visible right across London.
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The following buses run from Wembley Central and Wembley Park station to the Stadium: - 83, 92 and 182.
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