Chief Commercial Officer
President & CEO
Discovery Networks International.
Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer
Strategic Partnerships, EMEA
Chief Commercial Officer
CEO and Co-Founder
Sports Innovation Lab
Chief Technology Architect
Head of Strategy, Architecture & Security
Founder and CEO
Chief Information & Communication Technology Officer
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Business Development
Senior Director, Marketing - EMEA
Executive Chairman and Group CEO
Chief Business Officer
Global Research Director
Head of Digital
Strategic Partner Manager, Sports, EMEA
Chief Information Officer
Chief Data Scientist
Head of Marketing & Commercial, Women’s Football
Senior Director, Product Marketing
Vice President, Football Strategy & Business Development
Director of England Women’s Cricket
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
Head of Partnerships
Managing Director, Europe
Chief Technology Officer
Digital, Marketing and Communications Director
DFL Digital Sports
Head of Operations
Senior Director of Partnerships, EMEA
Chairman and Co-Founder
Vice President & General Manager
Head of Digital Marketing
Co-Founder and CEO
Senior Vice President, Sports and Entertainment
Wimbledon and RFU Client Executive
Head of Radio & Digital Sport
President and Co-Founder
Sports Innovation Lab
Managing Director, WTA Media
Senior Manager, Product Development and Marketing
European Broadcasting Union
Head of Global Content and Media Distribution
Founder & CEO
Director, Digital Engagement
EVP, Business Development
SVP, Global Platform
EVP, Global Head of OTT
Director, Broadcast Operations
Director, Business Development EMEA
Vice President, International Digital
Multiplatform Solutions Manager
Partner – Media, Content & Digital
Chief Revenue Officer
Partner, Chief Commercial Officer
Head of Strategy
Commercial Partnerships Director
We Are Disrupt
Jonathan Levene is Managing Director, Business Development at Intel Sports Europe. Jonathan leads Intel’s mission to pioneer the digitization of sports in the EU by driving the next wave of powerful technologies that will allow fans to experience the game in a more personal and immersive way. His group is responsible for forming new key partnerships with international leagues and federations; including teams, properties, media-rights holders, broadcasters and networks. Jonathan is leading the successful collaboration with the Spanish soccer league “La Liga” incorporating FC Barcelona, Real and Atletico Madrid clubs amongst others. Jonathan joined Intel in 2016 as part of the acquisition of Replay Technologies where he served as Vice President of strategy and business development responsible for driving the company's strategic vision and the global partnerships of Replay’s Emmy-Award winning, volumetric video format.
John is one of the founders of Perform and is currently Chief Commercial Operator of DAZN and a member of the board for Perform Group. Over the past 11 years, John has overseen all Commercial Partnerships and Rights Relationships and its international expansion across the globe. John has over 23’ years experience within the Sports, Entertainment and Music business having previously spent time at Sky Sports, EMI Records, Hutchinson Whampoa and Sony Pictures.gle
JB Perrette is President & CEO of Discovery Networks International (DNI), a global leader in entertainment with worldwide distribution in both television and emerging digital platforms.
Based in London, Perrette oversees and sets the strategy for all of Discovery’s business outside the United States. Discovery’s unrivalled global footprint includes an average of 10 channels across 220 countries and territories. Discovery has strengthened its presence in key markets through numerous transactions including the acquisition of Eurosport, which led to the ground-breaking agreement with the International Olympic Committee making Discovery and Eurosport the home of the Olympic Games across Europe beginning in 2017.
Discovery continues to play a pioneering role as a true innovator across the media landscape by creating new storytelling genres and investing in technology.
Perrette joined Discovery in October 2011 as Chief Digital Officer and prior to this, he spent 11 years with NBC Universal, most recently serving as President, Digital and Affiliate Distribution, in addition to playing a leadership role in developing Hulu.
Before joining NBC in 2000, Perrette was a member of General Electric’s top leadership development program based in London, and at CS First Boston in London and Tokyo. Perrette received his B.A. from Hamilton College, New York.
Robert Klein joined Bundesliga International in May 2017 as Chief Commercial Officer. In January 2018, he took over the role as Chief Executive Officer driving the international position of the Bundesliga as one of the most innovative and exciting football leagues globally Before his career at Bundesliga International Robert was heading the Sports Rights department at Red Bull Media House responsibile for growing the company’s global sports portfolio. Previous to Red Bull Media House he worked as Executive Director for International Sports Multimedia (ISM), UEFA New Media and NBA Europe Events. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Leisure Policy and Planning from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Mai is Sky’s Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer. Mai leads the strategy function across the group. She is also responsible for the distribution of Sky’s channels to other platforms including cable and IPTV. Her team acquires third party channels and VOD services to include in Sky’s packages. Her remit also covers business development which spans partnerships with large corporations such as Vodafone and Apple to working with early stage companies such as Roku. She joined Sky in 1999, and prior to that spent nine years working as an economic advisor to blue-chip companies in a number of different industries, both in the UK and the USA. She has a BA in Economics from Cambridge University and a Masters in Economics from Tufts University, USA. Mai is a Non-Executive Director of Nationwide.
Julie Bogaert is part of the Media Partnerships team at Facebook where she manages relationships with emerging talent and public figures across EMEA. She has worked at Facebook for over two years ago, where she joined from Sony Music. At Sony Julie managed brand partnerships for artists signed to the Sony Music roster.
Todd Kline enters his third season with the Miami Dolphins as senior vice president, chief commercial officer. In his role, Kline oversees all sponsorship revenue and activation for the Dolphins. Kline came to the Dolphins after serving as the senior vice president of partnership and media sales for AEG Global Partnerships. Prior to his time with AEG, Kline served as the senior corporate marketing manager for the NFL Players Association and an account director at GroupM ESP. He received his bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in marketing at Johns Hopkins University.
Olympic Gold Medalist and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame with leadership positions at the highest levels of sport, including the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee, Angela guides the strategies of major sports organizations in her role as CEO and co-founder of the Sports Innovation Lab.
Benjamin is the Chief Architect for the IBM’s Global Sports & Connected Venue services team. He is responsible for developing the technical solutions and reference architectures to service stadiums, arenas, shopping malls, airports, hotels, casinos, and other large public venue spaces. He travels every week, bringing IBM delivery teams around the world the assets, skills, and techniques which they need to successfully deliver these projects.
Benjamin also served as the Chief Technology Architect for IBM on the Atlanta Falcons’ new Mercedes-Benz Stadium project. This $1.6 Billion stadium hosts NFL Football and MLS Soccer events in a state-of-the-art facility. At this project, IBM served as the “IT Prime Contractor,” responsible for end-to-end success of the network — from the physical conduit and fiber optic cabling through system integration, configuration, test, and go-live.
Ben is a 17-year IBMer, Open Group certified Master IT Architect, and holds a degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer in Troy, NY. He currently resides in Milton, Pennsylvania with his wife and 2-year-old son.
David is Head of Strategy, Architecture & Security (interim) for the IOC Department of Technology and Information and he has worked with the IOC for the past four years. He has extensive experience in major events technology, including four years with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games where he was responsible for technology architecture and cyber security, providing technical leadership and oversight across the wide range of solutions delivered by partners and suppliers.
David has also held technical or managerial positions with the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games, Salt Lake 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Baku 2015 European Games and Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games, also providing consultancy to numerous other international major events and related organisations.
As CEO and Founder of Whistle Sports, John West is responsible for executing the company’s mission. West has more than two decades’ worth of experience of launching and growing businesses, including Enstrat, an environmental engineering firm, and Silver Oak Solutions, a financial services firm. In addition, West was a partner at management consultancy firm Mitchell Madison Group. In 2008, West formed Whistle Sports to provide millennial sports fans with engaging content, direct on social media platforms. West holds a BSc in engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his wife have three children.
Neville founded Gfinity in 2012 and has been CEO of the business since its inception. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Neville spent the formative years of his career at Euromoney and The Decisions Group. In 1998 he established a call centre business, The Listening Company, which specialised in multichannel communication applications and high quality customer service solutions. The business was sold in 2011 to Serco for a sum in excess of £60 million at which time it had a turnover of £82 million and employed 4,000 people.
Daniel Marion holds an Engineering degree and an MBA from the London Business School. He has extensive experience in the delivery of ICT solutions thus enabling the operations of major Football competitions, including the UEFA Champions League and the last five UEFA European Championships, in areas ranging from Networking, Event Management and Digital Media. Mr Marion joined UEFA 16 years ago and has held different jobs within ICT as well as Digital Media areas and is currently heading ICT with a team of more than 80 people.
George started his career at DDB Worldwide, New York where he gained valuable marketing and advertising experience.
During his fourteen years at the ATP, George has played a vital role in strategic planning for ATP’s Brave New World (the biggest strategic change process in the organisation’s history), the introduction of the new ATP branding in 2009, creation of the new categories of tournaments (Masters 1000, 500 and 250) and the relocation of the Nitto ATP Finals to London.
George is currently responsible for driving ATP’s business development and marketing, production of the weekly ATP World Tour Uncovered TV show, editorial management of ATP digital & social channels as well as marketing and show production at the Nitto ATP Finals, the world’s biggest indoor tennis tournament. Most recently George co-led the launch of inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan last November, a pioneering new event that trialled numerous innovations in the game as well as serving as a global platform to promote the future stars of the sport.
Brianne leads the EME marketing team, which manages NBA brand marketing, social media channels, and CRM initiatives. The primary focus is to drive fan growth and increase following and engagement amongst core fans in the region. As part of this, she oversees the NBA’s European primetime game campaign, “NBA Sundays,” to drive viewership in the region. The goal of the NBA’s country-specific social channels is to engage fans authentically through locally relevant content. Our following is industry leading and continues to grow in both engagement and reach.
Previously, Brianne led MEC Access UK, the content marketing and partnerships division of WPP media agency MEC, and before that spent 10 years in sports marketing consulting with Octagon.
She is American, and has been in London for five years with her husband and two children.
COPA90 is a football company with over 115 million views per month and with 35 minutes per fan per week average watch time, now regarded as the definitive youth media brand for football. The brand's influence is far-reaching. Recent COPA90 hits and highlights include ‘Corbyn and Chill' – Jeremy Corbyn’s pre-election appearance on COPA90 which was widely cited as helping mobilise the youth vote in the run up to General Election 2017. Mundial magazine called COPA90 "The voice of a generation." COPA90's FIFA and Chill interview format has also attracted Beckham, Stormzy, Pogba, Lil Yachty, Lethal Bizzle. COPA90 has consolidated its position as a disrupter of the sports media landscape with a number of innovations. In 2016, it was the first football brand to build a Facebook Messenger chatbot for the UEFA European Championship and in July 2017 announced its new COPA90 LIVE series which is re-defining how a live football match should look and feel.
As Executive Chairman and Group CEO of ELEVEN SPORTS, Marc drives the global business managing world-class teams across seven markets in Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States. ELEVEN is growing fast and is looking at multiple opportunities to expand across the world. Prior to his role at ELEVEN, Marc served as CEO of BT TV where he devised, launched and helped establish BT Sport – one of the most successful and disruptive channel launches in the history of the UK market. At BT Sport, Marc successfully led negotiations to acquire rights to the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, NBA, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1, FA Cup, Scottish Premier League, English and European rugby, Moto GP, and the UK business of ESPN.
Roser Queraltó is Euroleague Basketball’s Chief Business Officer. She studied Hotel Management at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Master in Management at ESADE. Ms. Queraltó joined Euroleague Basketball at its founding in 2000, and during 17 years in one of Europe's most important sports institutions has gone from CEO Office Director to Institutional Relations Director to Chief Business Officer. She now manages three fundamental areas of the company. In Business Development, she heads negotiations for games between NBA and EuroLeague teams and for TV contracts and games played in China, a new market for European basketball. In Events, she leads all assessment, planning and execution for one of Europe's most important sports events, the Final Four. In Marketing, she supervises all matters related to Branding, Partnership and Ticketing. Additionally, Ms. Queraltó serves on the Board of Directors of Euroleague Ventures, Euroleague Basketball's groundbreaking joint venture with IMG.
Danna Rabin is a global business and technology executive, who most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at HEED (joint venture between AGT International and WME/IMG), AGT International (a pioneer in proprietary IoT, IoT Analytics, Deep Web Analysis, Machine Learning, Social Data Management, Big Data integration and advanced analytics), and the media-technology venture, Vocativ (www.vocativ.com – which utilizes proprietary technology to explore the deep web for original news, stories and video production).
After graduating in French & German from Bath University in 2001, I joined the Millward Brown graduate programme,. After building up a solid understanding of media research at Millward Brown, I joined the research team GWR radio where I stayed for 2 years. I then spent 4 years in the national newspaper market, taking on senior research roles at both The Sun and Daily Mirror. I joined Eurosport as Head of Research in September 2008, before moving to ESPN UK in July 2010 where I headed up the EMEA Research team. There, my team focused on devising a quantitative/qualitative research strategy with the ultimate objective of growing subscribers and audience across all ESPN TV & Digital brands. After the sale of ESPN in 2013, I joined BT Sport to set up the insight function for the brand new sports channel before joining Sky to head up their sports insight division. In 2017, I joined Formula One as Global Research Director.
Mike Norrish is BT Sport’s Digital Director, responsible for the broadcaster’s award-winning social media coverage of the UEFA Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Premiership Rugby and UFC. After joining as part of the launch team in 2013, Mike has delivered a number of industry-first innovations at BT Sport, including the first ever live social stream of the Champions League final, and last season’s disruptive 360 VR Live Stream. His creative CV includes the #ChampionsDraw poster campaign, the viral Goals Recreated football video series, and the acclaimed No Filter Boxing series. Mike first worked in digital publishing in 2002, and Prior to joining BT Sport, he edited the Daily Telegraph’s digital sport coverage for five years, winning awards for that title’s coverage of London 2012.
As strategic partner manager, Ronan manages Facebook’s relationships with major sports partners throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. With over eight years of experience across the sport, technology, media and communications sectors, he helps partners build engaged audiences that they can leverage to drive business results. In three years at Facebook, Ronan has worked on some of the world’s top sporting events – leading partnership activities for Euro 2016, helping CAF grow its audience by 125% for the 2017 African Cup of Nations, and supporting Wimbledon to secure 145 million video views for the 2017 Championships.
Charly Classen is Vice President and General Manager, ESPN – Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a role he has held since January 2014. He is responsible for the strategic guidance, development and oversight for all of ESPN’s business and operations in the region – including digital media, television syndication, as well as the company’s relationship with BT Sports (who operate an ESPN-branded TV channel). He also is responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities in the region, whether through organic growth, acquisition or partnership.
Based in London, Classen works closely with ESPN executive management and with the company’s global syndication, sales and digital media teams in developing best-of-breed content, businesses and sales and marketing solutions. ESPN’s EMEA business includes a suite of products and services that include leading digital brands like ESPNcricinfo, ESPNFC, ESPN.co.uk, ESPN.com and ESPNscrum, as well as live broadband streaming service ESPN Player, and syndication of major sports content including NCAA sports (including football Bowl games and Playoffs, Basketball Championship Tournaments and more), X Games, IndyCar, NASCAR, ESPN Films documentaries and more.
As Chief Executive of England Netball, Joanna Adams is responsible for the strategic plan of the sport across the country. Under her leadership, England Netball have secured the rights to host the Netball World Cup in 2019 and were awarded the National Governing Body of the Year at the Sport Industry Awards in 2014. Joanna has been involved in netball for seven years having joined the organisation as Commercial Director in 2010. Over this period the sport has seen record figures for participation, sponsorship and ticket revenue. Under her guidance, netball has proudly become the fastest growing female team sport in the country.
Jens Reithmann (44) is CFO, CIO and Operations Director and manages the operations of the SAP Arena in Mannheim/Germany since 2005. The multi-purpose arena hosts yearly approximately 120 public events in live entertainment and professional sports as well as corporate events with about 1 million visitors per year. His business focus in the arena management team is the digitalization strategy and technology innovations. From 1998 to 2005, Reithmann was employed at SAP SE in Walldorf and Philadelphia where he worked as a product manager for enterprise management software and applications in finance, and later became the executive board assistant in the Service & Support area. In 1998, Jens Reithmann graduated with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in European Economics at the University of Bamberg/Germany and Madrid/Spain.
Eldar leads data science for Sportradar’s Analytics and Data Storytelling group. He is an expert in developing machine learning algorithms to make sense of player location data from several sports. He builds mathematical models to create original sports content at scale that engage fans in new ways.
Eldar joined Sportradar via acquisition of MOCAP Analytics, a Silicon Valley tech startup he founded in 2012 with Arian Forouhar. The company developed premiere AI-powered data storytelling software and algorithms. The Golden State Warriors were the first to use their technology during the 2012-2013 season. Eldar holds a PhD in applied mathematics from Caltech and is passionate about solving hard technology problems.
Marzena joined The FA in April 2017, to deliver integrated marketing and commercial support to the women’s game across the whole organisation. This involves leading and co-ordinating a cross-functional team on all aspects of the women’s game across marketing, commercial, digital and communications. In the previous 10 years, Marzena was managing director of her own consultancy, b-focused ltd, specialising in sports marketing, sponsorship and event management. Clients included Team GB, Youth Sport Trust, British Rowing and Panasonic, among others. She led the management and co-ordination of largescale events such as the Team GB FanZones 2016, Birmingham Rugby World Cup Fan Zone 2015, the London 2012 Live Sites Network, 2008 Visa Handover in The Mall, London and 2004 Olympic Torch Relay, London.
Simon drives various market development and product marketing activities for NAGRA, the world's leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions designed to connect people to the content they love. His areas of focus include next generation cloud, IP, data and analytics driven TV solutions.
In addition, Simon spearheads the Pay-TV Innovation Forum, a global industry research program developed by NAGRA for senior pay-TV executives which explores the innovations and strategies that will drive the next phases of growth for pay-TV service providers.
Simon has more than 20 years of international software industry experience in strategic and corporate marketing, product management, consulting and new product launches. He holds an MBA in Marketing from McGill University and is a Canadian professional engineer. A seasoned industry speaker, Simon has spent most of his career in Europe, working for international large organizations as well as startups.
Damani Leech began working at the League office in 2015. In his current role he develops strategic plans for new or existing football operations platforms to position the game of football for long-term growth in the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, he serves as an interdepartmental liaison on behalf of football operations to other League office business units to better integrate football operations opportunities and key considerations into league-wide business planning and partnerships.
Prior to the NFL, Damani Leech worked at the NCAA national office for over 17 years, where he provided strategic oversight and direction for multiple NCAA championships – including Division I football, women’s volleyball, men’s ice hockey and baseball – in addition to managing the Association’s playing rules & officiating department.
A native of Tacoma, Washington, he received his bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and International Affairs from Princeton University in 1998, where he was an All-Ivy League football student-athlete.
Clare is a former England cricket captain. At the age of 30, she was awarded the OBE after leading England to a first Ashes win in 42 years. Clare retired from playing for England in 2006 with over 100 international caps and having led the team for 6 years. Clare is now Director of England Women’s Cricket at the England & Wales Cricket Board driving a hugely successful period for the women’s game. This included a spell of four years from 2009-2013 where the England women’s team retained their number one world ranking and back-to-back Ashes wins in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, the ECB announced professional contracts for England’s top 18 female players, a ground-breaking step for women’s cricket.
I've been working in sport for over 11 years across brands, rights holders, athletes and events from a commercial point of view. From darts to esports, with F1, football and weightlifting in between, it's been quite a ride! I've represented athletes in rugby, football, Olympic and Paralympic sports as well as advised UK sports governing bodies on how to become more commercially self-sufficient ahead of Olympic funding rounds. I now manage all global partnerships for one of the biggest and longest standing esports organisations in the world.
Bill is Managing Director, Europe for BAMTECH Media, the leading provider of OTT solutions to premium content owners and rights holders, including MLB, NHL, WWE, PGA Tour, MLS, Eurosport, HBO and Fox Sports. Bill joined BAMTECH in 2015 and recently moved to Amsterdam to lead the European expansion of BAMTECH’s technology services business through BAMTECH Europe, a joint venture with Discovery Communications. Prior to joining BAMTECH, Bill was at CBS Interactive for 10 years, where he was VP & General Manager of CBS News Digital. In that role, he was responsible for developing and managing the digital properties of CBS News, including CBSN, the first 24/7 OTT broadcast news network. Named a Broadcasting & Cable Digital All Star in 2015, Bill and the team at CBS News also won multiple awards, including Edward R Murrow awards in 2013 and 2015. Bill has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA and Masters in International Relations from Columbia University.
Goldschmidt role as Chief Executive will focus on leveraging the once-in-a-generation opportunity to evolve the landscape of competitive surfing around the world with the Kelly Slater Wave Company and its groundbreaking technology, in addition to the inclusion of surfing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Goldschmidt has also outlined commitment to athletes and fan experience and further globalization as key pillars for the WSL going forward. She intends to advance various athlete development programs to build authentic interest in the sport in addition to tailoring fan experiences to be as immersive as possible through new formats, live content and other media.
Michael was appointed CTO for the PGA European Tour in Nov2017, with responsibility for Digital, Scoring, Infrastructure and Data Management including Official World Golf Rankings. Formerly, Michael was the London 2012 Marketing and Communications Director for BT Global Services, and responsible for activating BT Global Services’ highly successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games marketing campaign worldwide, as well as being responsible for operational and crisis communications across BT’s highly acclaimed London 2012 Delivery programme. Michael then went on to form TrueGold Communications, a sports marketing agency specialising in technology-based global sport sponsorship.
Joanna became RFU Director of Digital, Marketing and Communications in May 2016 and is responsible for the England Rugby digital, marketing and communications strategy, integration, planning and delivery. Her remit covers: England Rugby content and channels, including digital strategy and delivery, team and corporate communications, media relations and media operations, CRM, the England Rugby brand as well as setting and delivering the fan's stadium spectator experience and match-day sports presentation. She was Communications and Marketing Director for three years at England Rugby 2015, organisers of Rugby World Cup 2015.
Mike Moffo leads digital policy campaigns for Airbnb in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is the founder of Moffo Co, a creative strategy consultancy that provides bespoke communications for local and global brands. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Mike specialises in harnessing grassroots and social media strategy to ignite global campaigns. He played a senior role in both presidential campaigns of Barack Obama, and has provided communications and management strategy to UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the US Department of Education, and the Obama White House.
Carsten Cramer, previously Vice-President, Marketing & Sales with the international sports rights marketing company Sportfive in Hamburg, has been working as the director for Borussia Dortmund with special responsibilities for the business sectors Sales, Marketing and Business Development since October 2010 – to open up new avenues of business. In addition he is the MD of BVB-Merchandising GmbH, the BVB subsidiary Sports and Bytes. Cramer had previously already worked for BVB from 2002 to 2007. Back then he was the team leader of the sports rights marketing company Sportfive. Hans-Joachim Watzke calls the 48 year old Cramer „one of the most prominent personalities in the field of sports marketing“ and adds to that: we expect the business sectors Marketing and Sales to become ever more professional through Cramer’s work.“
Andreas Heyden has been CEO of a company that may not immediately stand out to you. Called DFL Digital Sport GmbH, it’s better known as the digital arm of the German Football League, the Bundesliga.
Now 2 years into his first role in sport, he’s been an integral part of the drive to develop an engaged community of fans of the league, and obviously its 36 teams who are all stakeholders in the business. They’ve succeeded in bringing more production in-house as they look to control their destiny in an ever changing media landscape.
He’s passionate about taking down the silo’s we see in production, where you have separate TV, digital, partner and social teams. Stating that, “The more you break the structure up the more you can re-use and re-utilise content to create interesting, compelling and highly engaging content either for B2B or for B2C”.
Before he ended up in football, Andreas built up almost 20 years of experience with internet businesses. Starting out with I-D Media and Microsoft before spending 6 years at German broadcaster RTL. Rising up to become a leader of people at a young age
Bhavesh Patel is currently the Chief Digital Officer at beIN Media Group based in Paris. He is working on building their next generation global OTT platform and driving innovation across the group. Prior, Bhavesh was an OTT strategy advisor for CBS Studios International and Verizon Go90, headed up Betfair’s US horserace wagering business, and led the launch of FOX Soccer 2 Go and NBA International League Pass.
Peter Hutton is CEO of Eurosport, the number one sport destination in Europe, which fuels the passion of fans and connects them with the greatest sports events in the world. It reaches 236 million cumulative subscribers across 94 countries in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
As the new Home of the Olympic Games in Europe, Eurosport will deliver the ultimate Games experience to more people, on more screens, than ever before – bringing fans closer to their local heroes through year-long storytelling.
Part of Discovery Communications and firmly established as the Home of Cycling, Grand Slam Tennis and Winter Sport, Eurosport has a TV portfolio incorporating Eurosport 1, telling the greatest sports stories in 158 million homes in 71 countries, Eurosport 2, reaching 68 million homes in 55 countries, and Eurosportnews.
Based in Paris, Peter joined Eurosport in 2015, charged with strengthening and localising the brand worldwide. Peter is delivering a strategy which will see large scale development of Eurosport to create more locally relevant content with homegrown talent and dedicated feeds in key markets encouraging a number of strong, local channels for future growth. Peter’s goal is to push hard to maintain stability within the network’s strong pillar sports in the coming years: cycling, motorsport, football, tennis and Olympic sports.
Strategy & development for Discovery's international digital business
Born in Madrid in 1956, Casado started her sport career in running and field hockey while furthering her education. She competed in the first triathlon in Spain and won the race. Casado has a degree in Philosophy and Hispanic Language and a MBA in Sport Management. She lives in Madrid with her husband Joaquín and daughter Berta.
James was appointed Head of Operations for Sky Sports in 2013, with responsibility for all operational aspects of delivering live sports across multiple platforms. His role focuses on planning, and long term operational strategy, including the evaluation and introduction of new broadcast technologies. He joined Sky in 2012, initially as Operations and Contracts Manager.
Chris Mead is Twitch's Senior Director of Partnerships for EMEA, where he works with broadcasting partners from individuals to developers, publishers, and organizations. Chris’s expertise lies in digital advertising and esports, having competed professionally in Call of Duty tournaments in 2008-2012. Prior to joining Twitch, he worked for a digital agency in London, acquired an M.A. in New Media from the University of Amsterdam, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Utrecht.
Mati Kochavi has built several trailblazing data analytics businesses based on his proprietary Internet of Things Analytics (IoTA) platform. He is the founder of AGT International, a leading IoT and data analytics company headquartered in Zurich with R&D centers in New York, Israel and Germany. He is also Co-Founder of HEED, a digital platform launched together with WME I IMG that uses sensors and advanced AI and IoT analytics to bring new layers of experience to live events and change the way people interact with sports and entertainment events. Mati is the founder and owner of Vocativ, a media company based on deep web technologies, and 3iMIND, a web fusion technology company. Mati was the creator of Darknet, a 2-season documentary series on Showtime. Mati is involved in philanthropic initiatives through his Family Fund which is focused on supporting centers in Israel for children of all faiths with serious physical and mental disabilities. Mati is a graduate of the University of Haifa.
As Vice President and General Manager of WWE UK and Ireland, I am responsible for managing and growing the business in what is one of WWE's most successful markets. As part of this I manage the regions’ P&L across all lines of business – Television, Live Events, Marketing, Sponsorship, Digital and Licensing & Merchandising – and provide strategic direction and leadership to ensure sustainable business growth.
Over the years, Joe has worked both client-side and agency, working with Startups to some of the world’s largest global brands in both B2B and B2C environments, across Entertainment, automotive, tech and sports sectors to name a few. Joe is part of the DMAs Customer Engagement Committee and an IDM Fellow. Joe currently the Head of Digital @ FIBA Media, part of the Perform & FIBA partnership. His primary responsibility is to increase viewership of FIBA content globally and driving revenue through digital.
Daniel is the founder and CEO of WSC Sports, provider of cutting-edge automated video solutions that are widely used by leading sports organizations, broadcasters and publishers.
Being a basketball enthusiast with extensive technical abilities and savvy business skills, Daniel took what was first created as a hobby to the absolute top.
Prior to WSC Sports Daniel served as an engineer in the Israeli Air Force for 6 years. He holds a BSc and MBA in electrical engineering, both from Tel-Aviv University and is raising two energetic sons with his wife Sivan.
Fadi Naoum is Development Senior Vice President for Sports and Entertainment, the 25th industry at SAP. His key responsibility is the development of flexible and innovative end-to-end-solutions that help sports and entertainment organizations improve their processes and maximize achievement. Its customers include the German Football Association (DFB), San Jose Sharks, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, SAP Arena, Bayern München and several others. The product portfolio of sports and entertainment comprises e.g. Team Management & Team Performance, Ticketing- & Point of Sale innovations. Mr. Naoum has been in global leading SAP positions for more than 15 years. He began his IT career at Lufthansa AG in 1989, where he was project manager on the implementation of SAP software. Fadi holds a Master degree in Economic Data Processing from the Cologne University, Germany.
McConnie joined Cricket Australia from PepsiCo, where she was Head of Sports Marketing at the company's global headquarters in New York. One of her responsibilities was the Super Bowl Halftime show, the 2017 version of which was seen globally by some 150 million people.
Sam is the IBM Wimbledon Client and Programme Executive. He has responsibility for managing the end to end delivery of the technical solutions that IBM provides to The Championships as part of their role as the official IT provider to the AELTC. He also has responsibility for the award winning IBM marketing and innovation programme for the partnership with Wimbledon
He is also responsible for managing the IBM sports rights relationship with the RFU where IBM are the Official Analytic Partner.
Sam was recognised in 2015 by Information Age as being one of the UK's top 50 data leaders and influencers - http://www.information-age.com/it-management/strategy-and-innovation/123460368/uks-top-50-data-leaders-and-influencers
23 Capital is a specialist finance and solutions company focused exclusively on the Sports, Music, Entertainment & Lifestyle sectors. Stephen leads 23 Capital’s global strategy and origination. Prior to founding 23, he worked with the Olympic Games, IMG and SFX, after which he went into private consultancy, culminating in his launch of 23 with Jason Traub. Stephen has worked with many of the world's leading athletes, music artists, entertainers and brands, and advised on or structured more than 100 transactions across the sector before launching 23. Additionally, Stephen undertook a Masters in Sports Business and Management.
Drew has worked in the global sport industry for nearly 2 decades in a variety of different commercial and marketing roles. He has been at the English Football League (EFL) for the past 3 years managing the oldest football league in the world's marketing, digital and broadcast delivery. Most recently, Drew led the League's innoative work in launching iFollow - a live video-streaming OTT platform that allows fans from all across the world to watch their team's matches live.
Ben Gallop leads the radio and digital departments within BBC Sport. He has responsibility for bbc.co.uk/sport - which is the largest sports website in the UK, with an average weekly audience of around 20m unique users across mobile, desktop and connected TV. And he heads up radio sport, overseeing the teams who deliver sports output for 5 Live, which is the UK’s most popular sports radio station, reaching 5m listeners every week. Ben was previously head of the BBC’s Formula 1 operation across all platforms. F1 returned to BBC screens in 2009 after an absence of 12 years and established itself as one of the most popular sports on TV and online, winning a BAFTA in 2011. He led the BBC's Digital Olympics project, which scoped the broadcaster's editorial and technological strategy for London 2012 and resulted in record audiences for BBC Online and helped set a new benchmark for digital sports coverage.
A born entrepreneur, Scott invested everything as a child into his first passion…competing in sports. Shortly after college in 2001, his former life as an athlete interconnected with a natural business sense and SponsorHouse was born. The original mission was simple…support and connect athletes with sponsors through the ‘Internet’…the first concept of its kind. That vision later evolved into Hookit, which pioneered the sponsorship technology and analytics space (Spontech). Today, Hookit aggregates billions of data points from social and digital platforms and uses machine learning and predictive analytics to provide real-time insights and valuations for brands and properties to quantify and maximize sports sponsorships.
Former VP of Research at Forrester Research and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at General Catalyst, Josh has successfully launched and grown several venture-backed software and data businesses. Josh is the president and co-founder of the Sports Innovation Lab.
David joined the Board of Sportradar as a non-executive director in 2012, moving into an executive role as Managing Director Corporate Services at the end of 2013. David is based in London and heads up Sportradar’s UK business. At group level he also oversees a number of different functions including Legal, Compliance, Marketing, Communications, and Offices amongst others.
Started in entertainment, stumbled into sports. Twenty year veteran with multiple creative Emmy Awards while at ESPN and CNN. Former creative director at PGA TOUR, where h launched a successful stand alone internal advertising agency. Jumped to WTA as head of TV, then moved to Perform, where he’s currently working across multiple verticals, including management and operation of the JV between Perform and WTA. Created WTA Media, a full HB production solution for all WTA events. Launched OTT service WTA TV and a separate interactive portal for all WTA broadcast clients. In addition, connecting all broadcast clients to the Perform Sports Cloud, with the goal to be satellite free in the near future.
Franck assumed his current function with Eurovision Media Services (EMS) in March 2017 where he oversees the strategy for products and marketing as well as the preparation for a new major multisport event, the European Championships. Being in the media industry for more than 20 years, Franck has a vast amount of knowledge and experience in leading complex media production and technology operations. Before taking his current role, Franck spent eight years managing the operations of Eurovision Production Coordination (EPC), a subsidiary of the European Broadcasting Union that provides host broadcasting services during major events. In this role, Franck not only managed to deliver innovative solutions for a number of internationally acclaimed events, from the 2012 European Athletics Championships to the 2016 UCI Road World Championships, but he also succeeded in bringing the start-up into a full production company recognized around the world. Franck’s international experience includes working in various cities in the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He also spent 12 years working for Actua Films, a TV production, transmission and post-production company.
Ben Payne became Formula 1’s first-ever esports employee when he joined McLaren as Director of esports in November 2017. He heads up the development and direction of the team’s esports proposition, World’s Fastest Gamer, a global online racing contest that pits gamers across a number of different platforms. The competition offers the winner a year’s role as one of the Formula 1 team’s official simulator drivers. Before joining McLaren, Ben worked as senior partnerships and experiential manager at Microsoft, managing Xbox across EMEA, helping to build successful brand partnerships with some of the platform’s biggest gaming franchises. During his time at Microsoft, and in his prior role at Sega, he was instrumental in conceiving a number of successful product launch campaigns for both brands.
Navin Singh oversees the USGA’s content development and distribution strategies across the globe, with an ultimate focus on further developing the USGA brand and driving revenue. In addition to managing the broadcast of nine championships, Navin is responsible for growing the USGA television and digital media rights portfolio in over 190 countries. He is also responsible for the content strategy of USGA digital and social media properties, including live streaming of championships, and the creation of original long form and short form content. In addition, Singh leads the digital media product strategy for the USGA, including usopen.com, usga.org, and related mobile products. Prior to the USGA, Navin served in leadership roles at Scripps Networks (HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel), WWE, Wasserman Media Group, and Golf Channel.
Dan Miodownik is HBS’ Deputy CEO and Chief Content Officer. Dan has been with HBS since 2004 and covered the FIFA World CupsTM in Germany 2006, South Africa in 2010 and Brazil 2014. In addition, Dan has led HBS’ broadcast operations teams for FIFA’s other events since 2004, including Women’s World Cups in China 2007, Germany 2011 and Canada 2015. Over the past years, Dan has also been HBS’ project leader for events in Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America, covering sports such as triathlon, cycling, football, ice hockey and motorsport. Dan is also part of the team that will deliver the host broadcast of the Rugby World CupTM in Japan in 2019.
Dan’s career started in news radio in 1991, before he moved to senior roles at Sky Sports, TEAM Marketing’s Champions League operation in Switzerland and at ITV Sport in the UK.
Alex Beckman is a media technology professional who lives in Silicon Valley. In 2014, Alex co-founded GameOn Technology, a chat bot network platform focused on building highly engaging fan experiences for companies like Sports Illustrated and Sky Sports. He was the founding CEO of EVNTLIVE, a video streaming platform that was acquired by Yahoo! in late 2013. Alex graduated from UC Berkeley where he studied film and then joined Terri Timely, a film production company based in Oakland, California with offices in LA, NYC, and Tokyo. From 2007-2009 Alex was the production manager and head of digital on set for commercials for brands including Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Wrigley's Gum, Orangina, McDonald's, ESPN, and Adidas.
Russell is leading The FA’s digital transformation bringing the experience of football for all into the 21st century. Having led the marketing division for 3 years, Russell stepped into this focused role to accelerate the digital offering across all participant groups especially grassroots and girls with mobile first, intuitive and soon to be personalised engagement. Prior to The FA, Russell lead the expansion of two luxury hospitality brands across EMEA as part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio bringing his brand and marketing experience to the service sector. His 10 years at P&G both in UK and European HQ gave him excellent experience and skillset across global, regional and local marketing with brand, advertising, media and P&L responsibility. Russell is passionate about all things sport and especially growing women’s sport which is has been accentuated by the arrival of his two young daughters.
Matt is EVP – Business Development at Perform Group where he focuses primarily on strategic relationships and rights acquisition, including the ground breaking deals with FIBA and WTA. Originally a lawyer, he began his career in the sports industry at Opta, the leading performance data provider, and transitioned to Perform after its acquisition in 2013. Matt was then focused on Perform’s betting data and video business and established its governing body focused integrity service in 2015.
Idris is the SVP for the global platform at NeuLion, working with engineering, operations and application teams to build and deliver the product roadmap. In his role, Idris works closely with clients to understand the business needs and ensure the right technology, products and processes are delivered in a timely manner.
Andy is a digital, media and technology expert working at the intersection of product, marketing and commercial. He is responsible for Deltatre’s OTT and Direct-to-Consumer products globally, helping one of the leading international sports media technology companies continue its market leadership and growth in live sports streaming working with properties and rightsholders including UEFA, FIFA, NFL and ATP Media. Before joining Deltatre he was Head of Consulting for ESP Properties in North America (a division of GroupM and WPP), where he helped bring together a deep understanding of digital platforms, media and brand partnerships to drive commercial strategies for blue chip sports rightsholders such as the IOC. Prior to that, Andy was Head of Innovation, Technology and Global Product Development for WPP agency MEC, where he spent 11 years working in the U.K. and U.S. Andy is a lifelong Liverpool fan and an Englishman living in New York for the past 8 years, with his wife Liza, young son Jack and furry friend Chloe.
Louis assumed his current role with Eurovision Media Services (EMS) in October 2016 where he oversees the digital services for the organisation and sets the strategy for content enrichment and multi-outlet distribution. In his role, he supports Eurovision network customers and EBU Sports federations partners to adapt, enrich and deliver the content to maximise its exposure within the digital audiences. Being in the media industry for more than 10 years, Louis has a vast amount of knowledge and experience in defining service workflows and leading development projects to improve digital services.
Before taking his current role, Louis spent four years at Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services managing the presales team for content management and playout services. He helped foster innovation and develop their digital services.
Louis' international experience includes working in various cities around the world, including London, Paris, New-York, and Geneva.
He holds a MSc. in Acoustics & Audio Signal Processing from IRCAM and a MSc. in Telecommunications & Media from ISEP.
Ashling leads the EMEA media practice for SRi, the premier global search firm specialising in the sport and entertainment industries. She advises content creators and distributors, rights holders, agencies, private equity investors and event organisers around senior leadership. Her areas of expertise include where content and technology meet sport and the transfer of executive talent across sectors. A former journalist, she has more than 20 years’ experience in the media industry and an extensive, high-level contacts network. At the FT, she covered the media industry during the dotcom boom before joining The Times to write about the business of sport. She was the Olympics Correspondent during London 2012.
Kimberly Cook, CRO of Hookit.com, has lead teams resulting in two successful start up exits and left an executive post at Google to join Hookit.com due to the revolutionary technology and deep learning algorithms that blend her two passions, technology and sports.
David Nugent is a founding partner and Chief Commercial Officer at OMNIGON, a digital consulting firm that works exclusively in digital content delivery in the sports and entertainment industry. Nugent oversees the Business Development, Client Services, Product, Marketing & Communications teams. He and his team are responsible for managing all of OMNIGON’s clients including the PGA TOUR, NASCAR, AS Roma, the United States Golf Association, FIS, and FIBA, among others. Nugent received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Ithaca College. He lives in New York with his wife and three children. Still a recreational hockey player, he also coaches youth ice hockey and lacrosse teams.
Tom recently took up a new role as Head of Strategy for the BAFTA-winning digital agency LiveWire Sport. Having been working as a consultant since 2015, he has now taken on a key role in helping LiveWire to deliver its consultancy services for sports organisations.
He has already contributed on major projects for a number of LiveWire Sport clients, including the British & Irish Lions, DHL, ATP, European Athletics, International Tennis Federation and Chelsea Football Club.
Since joining in 2014 after a career as an elite rower on the Great British programme, Sean Conroy has been pivotal in Genius Sports’ growth into one of the largest sports technology companies in the world. Sean has a wealth of experience and expertise across the collection, commercialisation and protection of official sports data. He has secured data, technology and integrity partnerships with some of the largest organisations in world sport including Major League Baseball and the PGA Tour. In 2016, under Sean’s leadership, Genius Sports was selected as Serie B’s Official Data Partner to drive the league’s digital transformation by harnessing real-time data.
Emma Lax is the Founder and Managing Director of We Are Disrupt, a sports marketing agency specialising in women's sport. Prior to that she was Head of Women's Sport and Lifestyle for CSM Sport and Entertainment.
In 2012, tired of patronising health magazines and male dominated sport pages, she created award winning women’s fitness blog, Lunges and Lycra. It has featured in Stylist, Red Magazine, Evening Standard, Easy Living and Cosmo Body.
Emma was recently selected by Sports Industry Next Gen as a future industry leader. She's also a Mentor for Elevate, a free mentoring programme for the events industry.In addition to being an Ambassador for Girls Active, a Youth Sport Trust initiative, funded by Sport England, in partnership with This Girl Can and Women in Sport.
Milly Lawrence, GDPR Consultant, LiveWire Sport. Milly is LiveWire Sport’s newest addition to the team acting as Lead GDPR. With the enforcement date looming she is heading up LiveWire’s approach to GDPR strategy specifically around consent and re-permission campaigns. She holds a BSC Honours in Law and completed her LPC in 2008. Her legal qualifications and strong background in marketing imbue her with unique practical know –how and a broad spectrum of experience. Previous to working with LiveWire, Milly worked in the charity sector for 23 years to significant acclaim: she was the first BME, first woman and youngest ever person to be voted in Civil Society’s top 10 Most Influential in Fundraising. Latterly she was Unicef’s Chief Strategist where implementation of her fundraising strategy saw an income increase from £72M to £100M in just two years, not least through landmark successes including the CommonWealth Games in 2014 and Unicef’s own SoccerAid.
Matt Riccardi is the Director of Broadcast Productions for NeuLion where he runs their Technical Operations Center. He manages a group of over 100 employees that are responsible for signal acquisition, streaming, content management and video editing for all of NeuLion’s clients. His background is in sports production as he graduated from SUNY Cortland with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and immediately went on to become a producer with the NHL’s New York Islanders hockey club. Since joining NeuLion in 2008, he was worked with many sports clients including the NHL, NBA, MLS, NFL and the UFC.
Matt’s technical and commercial career in the technology sector has frequently touched on sports and broadcast. In the early and mid 00’s Matt led the Product Management function for Xyratex Technologies Ltd, Data Storage specialists for whom the broadcast sector was a vital growth engine. In 2011 he embarked on a project to deliver the first active player tracking technology solution deployed by the NFL through Zebra Technologies PLC and in 2014 joined Edgeware AB, a Stockholm headquartered technology start up driving Video Head-End and CDN efficiencies through IPTV and OTT. Matt joined NeuLion in September 2016 where he holds the position of Director, Business Development and is responsible for the growth of the Sports OTT Business in Northern & central Europe.