SportsPro Live attracts some of the most influential names in sport to join the speaker line-up. Below are some of the industry experts confirmed to speak at the 2017 edition.
Chief Commercial Officer, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) is the premier sports entertainment company in Canada and...
MD, Eurosport Digital
Ralph Rivera joined Eurosport as Executive Vice President / Managing Director for Eurosport Digital...
Chief Commercial Officer, AC Milan
A Dutch citizen, Jaap Kalma studied in the USA receiving a BA in Economics from Roosevelt...
Chairman, ONE Championship
As the Chairman of ONE Championship™ (ONE), Sityodtong has been instrumental in the promotion’s...
CEO, BSI VR
Based in Singapore, Beatrice has over 16 years’ experience in the sports marketing industry. She...
General Manager, Olympic Channel
Mark is responsible for the overall content creation, technical delivery and digital platform...
Chief Executive, International Cricket Council
South Africa’s premier wicketkeeper for the first seven years after its readmission to...
CEO, England Netball
As Chief Executive of England Netball, Joanna Adams, is responsible for the strategic plan of the...
Chief Commercial Officer, America’s Cup
Dan Barnett is the Chief Commercial Officer for the 35th America’s Cup, overseeing the commercial...
Chief Operating Officer, Seattle Sounders FC
Promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2014 from his previous role as Vice President of Business...
Executive VP, COO, & Partner; Baltimore Orioles & Mid-Atlantic Sports Network
For over two decades, John Angelos has led the Orioles business operations. As President and COO of...
President, World Anti-Doping Agency
On November 15, 2013, the final day of the Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport in...
Partner, Bruin Sports Capital
David Abrutyn joined Bruin Sports Capital in the spring of 2015 as a Partner. Abrutyn was formerly...
Managing Director, 77 Group
Matt Gentry is Managing Director of Andy Murray's management company, 77, which he set up with...
Head of Content Acquisition and Strategic Partnerships, Sina Sports
Sam Li is the Head of Content Acquisition and Strategic Partnerships for Sina Sports, where he is...
Digital/Creative Strategist, Moffo Co
Mike Moffo is the founder of Moffo Co, a creative strategy consultancy that provides bespoke...
Vice President & General Manager, ESPN EMEA
Charly Classen is Vice President and General Manager, ESPN – Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA),...
CEO, British Olympic Association
Bill Sweeney, is CEO at the British Olympic Association. He joined in November 2013 and is...
Chief of ICT, UEFA
Daniel Marion holds an Engineering degree and an MBA from the London Business School. He has...
CEO, Beach Majors Company
Hannes Jagerhofer, an Austrian entrepreneur and founder of the PR and event agency ACTS, has been...
Head of Group Marketing Management and Distribution, Allianz SE
Jean-Marc Pailhol is the Head of Group Market Management & Distribution of Allianz SE since 2016.
CEO and President of Euroleague Basketball
Born in Barcelona, Spain, Jordi Bertomeu Orteu earned a Bachelor of Law degree from the University...
Chief Executive, Badminton England
Adrian has been Chief Executive of Badminton England since 2006 and has led the modernisation and...
Head of Pre-Sales - EMEA, TokBox
Roland Drewell, is Head of Pre Sales at Tokbox, a video PaaS that enables companies to embed live...
Director of Content and Production, Sky Sports
Steve Smith is the director of production for Sky Sports, reporting to Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis.
Group MD, ITN Productions, ITN
Mark is Group Managing Director of ITN Productions, one of the UK’s biggest production companies,...
Head of Digital and Fan Relationship Management, Lega B
Federico Smanio, 44, married with one son, born in Cologna Veneta (Verona) - Italy - on 1st January...
Head of Partnerships - EMEA, TokBox
Tokbox delivers a video cloud platform that enables companies to embed live face to face video...
Head of Events Delivery, FIH
Hilary joined the International Hockey Federation (FIH) as Head of Event Delivery in 2015 with...
VP Properties EMEA & Head of Content, Wasserman
Jo is a senior content strategist with experience at some of the most interesting media and digital...
Chief Executive, UCFB
Chief Executive of UCFB, Philip has played a key role in establishing UCFB as the world leader in...
Commercial Director, deltatre
I am the UK Commercial Director and have lived in the North West for over 10 years. I have spent 15...
National Lottery Marketing & Sports Partnerships Manager, Camelot
Adam has been at Camelot since 2008 and, in his role as National Lottery Marketing & Sports...
Co-founder and CEO of KickUp Sports Innovation
João Gonçalo Cunha is Co-founder & CEO at KickUP Sports Innovation.
Executive Director, R/GA Consulting
Rick leads R/GA’s Innovation and Business Transformation Consulting practice and R/GA’s EMEA Venture Studio programs.
Product Specialist, Forescene
Forscene is the world’s leading online video platform for the broadcast, sports, news and education...
Vice President, OTT Solutions, Brightcove
Luke is a highly experienced senior executive with an extensive knowledge of the media and...
Commercial Director, Imagen Ltd
Tom was educated in Medical Chemistry, and had an early career in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device...
Managing Director for Rights and Strategic Development, DAZN
Alex Rice has over 15 years’ experience in the sports industry spending the last 10 years at...
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Senior VP & International Development, Jacksonville Jaguars
As the Senior Vice President of International Development for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Hussain...
Head of Commercial Development and Strategic Partnerships, Sportradar AG
James is Head of Commercial Development & Strategic Partnerships at Sportradar.
Global Communications Director, Nielsen Sports
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Head of Production, BBC
Paula has spent much of her working life slaving away at the BBC experiencing the joys of working...
CEO, HSE Cake
Adrian is the chief executive officer of HSE Cake, Havas’ sports and entertainment agency in the...
Managing Director, The Sports Consultancy
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Managing Director, The Sports Consultancy
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President, International Paralympic Committee
Sir Philip Craven, MBE is a British sports leader and former athlete. He is the second and current...
Commercial & Marketing Director, International Paralympic Committee
Alexis Schäfer has been with the International Paralympic Committee since 2002, and is currently...
Chair CEO, Payne Sports Media Strategies SA
First IOC Director Marketing / Broadcasting – 18 Olympic Games. Strategic advisor to F1, other...
Founder and CEO, ARETÉ
Simon founded ARETÉ (ah-reh-tay) in 2015 following a 17-year career as a SVP at Wasserman. ARETÉ...
Chief Executive, EFL
Shaun Harvey was appointed Chief Executive of the EFL in July 2013, having previously been Chief...
Founder and Chief Nut, Gingernut Thinking
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Vice Chairman and CEO, IRGSE
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Vice President, Business Development, Genius Sports
Since joining in 2014, after a career as an elite rower on the Great British programme, Sean Conroy...
Founder, SB Weekly Podcast
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Chief Sports Reporter, Press Association
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Partner, Chief Operating Officer, Omnigon
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Partner, Head of Sports Business Group, Fladgate
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Vice President Northern and Southern EMEA, Deezer
Phil Moore is an exceptional commercial leader with over 25 years experience in the Telecoms and...
EVP - Business Development, Perform Group
Matt is EVP – Business Development at Perform Group where he focuses primarily on strategic...
Chair, UK Athletics
Ed Warner was appointed Chair of UK Athletics, the sport’s national governing body, in 2007. He led...
Global Director of Brand, BP
Duncan is Global Director of Brand at BP reporting to Peter Henshaw, Group Head of C&EA. He has...
Head of Marketing, Channel 4
James oversees all marketing on and off air for Channel 4’s network of channels and services and is...
Principal, The Roberts Network
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Head of Digital, Eleven Sports
Tom Middleditch is Head of Digital at Eleven Sports, a global sports provider dedicated to...
Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, NeuLion
Chris has been a driving force in the technology industry for over 20 years and has worked closely...
Multiplatform solutions manager, Eurovision
Currently driving the digital services portfolio strategy for Eurovision, Louis is at the forefront...
Chief Executive Officer, RFL
Chief Executive Nigel Wood has been a Director of the RFL for 15 years, being appointed Chief...
Chief Executive Nigel Wood has been a Director of the RFL for 15 years, being appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2007. During this time the RFL and SLE have grown revenues from £18m to £52m and have delivered profits in each consecutive year and investment around the sport has reached record levels. Nigel is also Chief Executive and a Director of Super League (Europe) Ltd, a position he has held since the creation of the company in 1996. Nigel is very much committed to the expansion of the international game. In May 2014, he was elected as Chairman of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) having worked in support of the federation for the past ten years, following his role as the Tournament Director for the immensely successful Rugby League World Cup 2013. He has supported European development through his work with the RFL and assisted the development of the international game by working with broadcast partners to have the widest possible audience for international matches.
Currently driving the digital services portfolio strategy for Eurovision, Louis is at the forefront in understanding and assessing the market change conditions towards the multiplicity of ways of consuming content and the impacts it has on our partners, members and customers all along the content value chain from the sale of the rights to its consumption.
Louis has over 9 years of international experience in the broadcast industry managing global portfolios of software and services as well as teams of presales engineers and architects.
Chris has been a driving force in the technology industry for over 20 years and has worked closely with executives from many major corporations and entrepreneurs who have relied on technology to support the growth of their businesses.
His current position as Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of NeuLion targets the revolution currently underway as the television and internet video industries converge.
Chris has held numerous executive positions in the technology sector. Over the last seven years the growth of internet television on computers, tablets, mobile, and internet connected devices, has given Chris an opportunity to work closely with the largest brands in the sports and entertainment industry; the NFL, UFC, NBA, MLS, Univision Deportes and many others.
He has also worked with several private equity and venture capital firms as their Chief Executive Officer, which includes Metiom, MetaMatrix, Exchange Applications and Digital Harbor. Chris has been on the Board of Directors of all of these companies.
Tom Middleditch is Head of Digital at Eleven Sports, a global sports provider dedicated to delivering world class international and domestic sports and lifestyle entertainment.
Based in Eleven Sports London HQ, Tom is responsible for the strategy and development of digital platforms across all markets which currently include Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Singapore and Taiwan.
Tom has been in his current role since February 2016. Prior to Eleven Sports, Tom spent 10 years at Sky Sports, most recently as Head of Video, responsible for video content across Sky Sports’ digital platforms.
Kevin Roberts has worked in international sport since the early 90s when he was director of Communications at the London-based agency CPMA.
He was a founder of the SportBusiness publishing Group and today has organised, chaired and spoken at numerous international conferences, written on sports business issues for a variety of international publications and is a frequent media spokesman on sport business issues.
He combines journalism and conference work with a wide-ranging communications practice working on behalf of agencies, rights owners and companies in the sports sector.
James oversees all marketing on and off air for Channel 4’s network of channels and services and is responsible for the Marketing, Social Media, Media Planning and Channel Announcer teams. James is also on the board of directors for Freeview.
James joined Channel 4 Marketing in 2007 and prior to that was a Business Director at its in-house creative agency 4creative. He started his career in advertising working at agencies DFGW, DDB and Young and Rubicam.
James led the multi-award winning Paralympics marketing campaign ‘Meet the Superhumans’ in 2012 and in 2016 oversaw the follow up “We’re the Superhumans”.
In 2016 Channel 4 was awarded Brand of the Year by The Marketing Society and Campaign of the Year by Campaign Magazine.
Ed Warner was appointed Chair of UK Athletics, the sport’s national governing body, in 2007. He led the successful London campaign to host the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships as Chairman of its bid committee and has since been appointed Chair of London 2017 to lead the staging of these Championships and of the World Para Athletics Championships in the same summer.
He played a key role in securing the long term future of the athletics track at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford and has been Chair of World Para Athletics since 2011. Ed is a City financier and is currently chairman of accountants Grant Thornton and of derivatives exchange LMAX.
He is a non-executive director of Clarksons, the world’s leading shipbroker. Previously, he was a leading investment strategist and held senior management positions in a number of investment banks and financial businesses.
Duncan is Global Director of Brand at BP reporting to Peter Henshaw, Group Head of C&EA. He has worked on the brand since the launch of the Helios and Beyond Petroleum in 2000, building differentiation through successful campaigns such as ‘BP on The Street’ and ‘Energy Icons’. At the height of the Deepwater Horizon incident, Duncan worked in Houston developing crisis communications and running social media activities.
He led global communications activity to support BP’s sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympics and was responsible for the innovative ‘Home Team’ campaign that drove strong results. In addition to brand and advertising responsibilities, Duncan also runs corporate sponsorship. He is particularly proud of his role in building BP’s worldwide partnership with the International Paralympic Committee and with ten National Paralympic Committees around the world.
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.
Phil Moore is an exceptional commercial leader with over 25 years experience in the Telecoms and Consumer Electronics markets. His international career has spanned network providers, retailers, manufacturers and platform/service providers so he brings a wealth of valuable experience to any situation from diverse companies such as Vodafone, Palm and Microsoft. He joined Deezer direct from Huawei Technologies where he was responsible for transforming the O2 Telefonica business.
His role at Deezer will see him assuming responsibility of the Northern & Southern EMEA teams which will include having full P&L control and a remit to drive customer acquisition and retention, brand recognition and revenue and profitability.
Phil lives in the UK Midlands near Redditch with his wife and 2 cats and when not working or travelling, he can be found running or cycling near his home, listening to his vinyl record collection or chilling with family and friends.
James is a partner and head of the Sports Business Group at Fladgate.
He is dual qualified, having been admitted in both Australia and in England and Wales and is regarded as one of the leading legal advisors in the UK and international sports and entertainment sector.
James oversees delivery of all work within Fladgate’s Sports Business Group, with a personal focus on sports investment and finance, major events and commercial rights work. With over 14 years’ experience, he has in-depth expertise of advising all stakeholders across the sports sector. These include national and international governing bodies, funders/investors, teams and clubs together with rights holders, brands and agencies.
Current work highlights include acting for the organising committee of the London 2017 World Athletics Championships and ParaAthletics Championships, and advising on the creation of a $USD500 million fund for investing and financing sport and entertainment in Europe and North America.
Exceptionally well-connected, James’ pragmatic guidance is consistently sought by senior stakeholders across the international sports industry.
David Nugent is a founding partner and Chief Commercial Officer at OMNIGON, a team of global digital strategists, technologists and artists. With offices and professional relationships all over the globe, some of the world’s most visible brands turn to OMNIGON for their unique perspective on the way digital technology is changing their businesses, and the lives of the customers they serve.
Nugent oversees the global business development and client management teams and has been instrumental in all new business acquisition. Nugent and his team are responsible for managing the relationships of all OMNIGON’s clients, some of the world’s most celebrated brands, including AS Roma, PGA TOUR, Bayern Munich, NASCAR, IRONMAN, the USGA, The Rugby Channel, CONCACAF, the German Football Association and Verizon, 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.
Currently chief sports reporter for the Press Association, the UK and Ireland's main news agency, I have been a journalist for 20 years, most of those at the BBC but they let me out for good behaviour last year.
During my time in the press seats, I have been lucky enough to see some remarkable sport but I have also witnessed far too many scandals. I will admit that sometimes the crooks and the rogues have made for better copy but that does not make it right! Like most members of the gig economy we call modern journalism, I can make mediocre TV packages, do OK radio pieces, write tabloid fodder and waffle for the broadsheets.
Hopefully, I will also be able to ask Sir Craig Reedie a few decent questions on stage.
Matt Cutler has just under a decade of experience in the business of sport as a journalist, PR, communications and marketing all-rounder. He is the founder and host of SB Weekly, and the former editor of SportBusiness International magazine.
Matt first entered the industry in October 2008 when he joined SportBusiness Group straight out of university as a reporter on the SportBusiness International, BritSport Weekly and TV Sports Markets publications. Matt was editor of SportBusiness International magazine from 2010 to 2015.
Since leaving SportBusiness Matt has worked as a freelance PR, communications and marketing consultant for a variety of sports organisations, including national and international governing bodies, global media rights agencies and sports technology start-ups. He also continued his writing on a freelance basis and founded the SB Weekly podcast in January 2016.
Outside of work, Matt is a long-suffering Aston Villa fan.
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 having secured long-term partnerships with some of the largest governing bodies, leagues and federations in world sport.
Last year, under Sean’s leadership, Genius Sports was selected as Serie B’s Official Data Partner under a three-year agreement that is driving the league’s digital transformation through real-time data and live streaming.
Chris Lencheski is Vice Chairman of the Board and CEO of IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE). IRGSE is a portfolio company of TPG Specialty Lending, and a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences across the globe.
Prior to IRGSE, Mr. Lencheski was President of Front Row Marketing and Analytics – the multi-continent sports media commercial rights and entertainment agency inside the greater Comcast ecosystem. He was founder, CEO, and President of sports marketing agency SKI & Company, the first-ever global agency of record designation by General Motors for their GM Racing group. Chris was also a team owner in NASCAR, as well as owner of the Quad City Mallards – affiliate of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers.
Mr. Lencheski is an Alumnus of Harvard Business School, serves as Sr. Advisor to the board and management of MP & Silva, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University.
Originally from Boston, MA, life after my studies at the University of California Berkeley led to an eight-year stint in Paris, starting with the International Herald Tribune and Associated Press.
Having failed to uncover the next Watergate scandal, I shifted gears and joined Disney Consumer Products, EMEA where I was Communications Manager. Amongst many tasks one of them was to guinea pig the new rides at Disneyland Paris...so if you've ridden Dumbo safely, you've got me to thank.
A long foray into sports marketing and sponsorship followed, starting with the National Hockey League International, the World League of American Football and finally API Consulting before it became Octagon. Back then this kind of currency definitely gave me "uber cool chick" status when on a date. The good old days…
Fast-forward with a stint in advertising as Group Account Director, EMEA at OgilvyOne, followed by a quick retreat back to my sponsorship roots as Associate Director, via supremo sponsorship consultancy, Redmandarin. Another twist in the career path and off I went to join Butlins as the Director of Brand Experience. Agency life harkened again and this time I settled in at Momentum as VP International, before literally crossing the street to begin my new life as Managing Director of Cunning, (an independent brand experience agency) and most recently as Global Chief Strategy Officer for Havas Sports & Entertainment.
I have worked on a diverse group of brands throughout my career including American Express, Atos, Bacardi, Barclays, Carlsberg, Coke, Esprit, Eurostar, FIFA, Gillette, HSBC Premier, the International Olympic Committee, ITV, Kingfisher, Lloyds Banking Group, MINI, NBA, Nestle, NOS, Novartis, Oppenheimer Financial, Orange, Powerade, VISA, and Yahoo! amongst others, and have had the privilege of working on large-scale, international sponsorship programs, brand experiences and integrated marketing programs from World Cup 98 to American Express' sponsorship of the Rolling Stones Bigger Bang Tour, to Wimbledon, to Milan Fashion Week to London 2012 sponsor programs and everything in between and beyond.
Shaun Harvey was appointed Chief Executive of the EFL in July 2013, having previously been Chief Executive of Leeds United for nine years.
The 47-year-old Yorkshireman was previously a member of The Football League Board of Directors, having been elected to the role by clubs in June 2011.
Prior to his time at Elland Road, Harvey was Managing Director of Bradford City for ten years, having originally begun his career in football as Club Secretary of Scarborough in 1993.
Simon founded ARETÉ (ah-reh-tay) in 2015 following a 17-year career as a SVP at Wasserman. ARETÉ has three key loci of expertise – Talent Representation, Sales & Sponsorship Consulting and Brand Management.
With nearly 20 years’ experience in the sports management and marketing industry, he has worked with some of sport’s highest profile athletes in football, F1, cycling, field hockey, triathlon, Paralympics and broadcasting - including David Beckham, Daniel Ricciardo Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Mark Cavendish, Jodie Stimpson, Maddie Hinch and Lauren Steadman.
In Sales and Sponsorship Consulting, the business works closely with brands and teams to procure, deliver and activate new commercial partnerships including Team Dimension Data, MELIN Caps and Red Bull Racing.
In Brand Management, ARETÉ focuses on building their “Tier Zero” talent into standalone micro brands through a fully integrated, long term commercial, digital and content production strategy including the micro brands CVNDSH, DR Ricciardo and MH1.
First IOC Director Marketing / Broadcasting – 18 Olympic Games. Strategic advisor to F1, other sports bodies (including FIVB Volleyball), Govts – bidding, media groups and corporations.
Strategic advisor to WPP, Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund. Pioneered the recent ground breaking Alibaba Olympic deal.
Alexis Schäfer has been with the International Paralympic Committee since 2002, and is currently the Commercial & Marketing Director, overseeing the areas of Commercial Rights, Brand Management, and Broadcasting. While Schäfer has long been leading the growth and development of the Commercial Marketing Programme, he has recently helped sign the first worldwide partner, Toyota, providing direct support across the movement to all National Paralympic Committees.
Schäfer received his Bachelor degree in International Business Administration from the International School of Management in Dortmund, Germany and an Executive Master in Sport Organizations Management (MEMOS) through the IOC supported management programme, focusing his master these on “Building Brand Equity with Relationship Marketing –
Maximizing the Promotional Distinctiveness of the Paralympic Games”. Schäfer is a former member of the German National and State Shooting Team in crossbow, air rifle and small bore. He is also a passionate fan of Borussia Mönchengladbach football club.
Sir Philip Craven, MBE is a British sports leader and former athlete. He is the second and current President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC since December 2001). Craven obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography at University of Manchester in 1972.
His major posts in Paralympics/Olympics include Chairman, IOC Olympic Education Commission (since 2015); Member, IOC Olympic Channel Commission (since 2015); Board member, London 2012 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (2005-2013); Foundation board member, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) (2002 - 2011); Member, IOC Beijing 2008 Co-ordination Commission (2002-2009); Member, IOC Congress Commission (2006-2009); President and founder, International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (1989-2002); Chairman, Player Classification Committee, Basketball Section ISMWSF (1984–1988)
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 our 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 our rights holder clients such as FEI, Volvo Ocean Race and ISAF, led the Madrid 2018 Ryder Cup bid and liaises with our brand clients such as AMD.
Robert trained at one of the world’s largest law-firms, Linklaters, before joining the British Olympic Association as its head of legal through the Sydney Olympic cycle and the early days of the London 2012 Olympic bid. He became a partner at Farrer & Co., and then 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 leads the rights holder commercial strategy, host venue acquisition, 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.
Robert's recent work includes advising the Volvo Ocean Race, EPCR, FEI, EPCR, Dow Jones, World Rugby, IAAF and the IOC.
Adrian is the chief executive officer of HSE Cake, Havas’ sports and entertainment agency in the UK. He was one of the founding Partners of Cake in 1999, one of the pioneers of brand entertainment, a term they first painted on the wall in the office reception area in 2003. When Cake joined Havas Media in 2008, Adrian relocated to New York to launch the Cake North American business, overseeing the company’s work for the likes of Motorola, Volvo, Red Bull and LVMH.
Four years later, Adrian returned to the UK to oversee Cake ahead of the pivotal merger between Cake and Havas Sports and Entertainment. Appointed CEO Jan 1st 2015, Adrian now oversees both companies, and established Havas Media’s first Entertainment Hub in London.
Clients include Barclays, Coca-Cola, ICC, EE, Carling and EA. He is a member of the Senior Leadership Team at the Havas Media Group UK Board and the Vivendi UK Advisory Committee.
Paula has spent much of her working life slaving away at the BBC experiencing the joys of working for such a fantastic, world renowned, iconic corporation. The variety of different genres she has worked in (Factual, Entertainment, News & Current Affairs and Sport) have more than made up for the hours of slaving in terms of opportunity given but that wasn’t quite enough. Since starting at the beeb in 1990
Paula has also taken several breaks along the way to run a hotel abroad, developed Sports Camps across the UK (non-profit charity), worked for an Independent Production company in Manchester and owned her own business - a deli/coffee shop/restaurant. By her own admission, Paula likes to be busy – though admits herself that she sometimes takes this too far!
Paula is currently the Head of Production for BBC Sport managing all operational parts of the business (TV, Radio, Digital & News) delivering the Olympics, MOTD, Wimbledon, World Cup and, well everything Sport that goes on the BBC. She has considerable experience of leading teams and is a very creative and effective problem solver. She likes people (generally) and is skilled at developing and motivating large teams as well as at finding and implementing efficiencies in them – yes these things conflict from time to time. Paula is passionate about the added value provided by good production management and knows how important the job is. She wants to inspire the best in resource and facility management, procurements, supplier contracting & management, business risk management, finance and accounting, innovation in the best use technology and getting the right people in the right job and the right price.
Paula is a strong leader and good communicator (though bath time with her children does test these skills from time to time).
David Cushnan is Global Communications Director at Nielsen Sports, having fulfilled the same role at Repucom since 2015. Prior to that, he was Editor and then Editor-in-Chief of SportsPro between the launch of the magazine in 2008 and May 2015. He also led the editorial team which developed the SportsPro website, edited the Formula One Black Book and hosted the first two editions of SportsPro Live in 2014 and 2015.
James is Head of Commercial Development & Strategic Partnerships at Sportradar.
Sportradar is a global leader in understanding and leveraging the power of sports data and digital content for its clients around the world. We provide cutting-edge solutions and services to media companies, bookmakers, sports federations and state authorities.
James has spent the last 15 years working in the digital industry, having worked for Perform and Grabyo out of the UK and USA, handling partnerships and commercial activities across their sport and media customers.
As the Senior Vice President of International Development for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Hussain Naqi is the man responsible for developing the Jaguars brand in the UK, and overseeing the team’s annual home game at Wembley Stadium.
Within three years, the Jaguars have moved from the 31st to the 8th best supported team in the UK and now boast a fan base of over 55,000. The franchise makes 15% of its local revenue in London.
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. But the good times couldn’t last, and in the early noughties, Richard became editor of SportBusiness International. This is commonly referred to as that title’s golden period where Richard is widely credited with re-launching the career of Patrick Nally, 64, the founding father of the sports business, who is now fully integrated back in to polite society.
Rather than contribute to the enormous success of London 2012, Richard chose to launch Unofficial Partner™, which became the go-to platform for data driven snackable storytelling.
Today, Richard offers strategic communications advice to agencies, sponsors and sports rights holders, whether they asked for it or not. His new book, The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport’s Great Leadership Delusion, is published by Bloomsbury in the UK and US.
Alex Rice has over 15 years’ experience in the sports industry spending the last 10 years at Perform Group across roles in the senior management team. Alex is currently Managing Director for Rights and Strategic Development for DAZN, managing the rights acquisition across existing territories (Japan, Germany, Austria and Switzerland) plus the development of new markets for DAZN.
Prior to this new role, Alex was the EVP of Business Development (2013-16) at Perform managing key rights holder relationships for the Group. In this role Alex led a number of key long-term acquisitions for the Group including the 10-year agreement between Perform and the WTA. which led to the formation of WTA Media. Alex also managed Perform’s ground breaking 17-year Partnership with FIBA to establish FIBA Media.
Prior to this, Alex was Group Head of Production for Perform Group (2009-13), overseeing the expansion of Perform Production capabilities with a range clients including Premier League, Premiership Rugby, WTA, ATP and FIBA.
Tom was educated in Medical Chemistry, and had an early career in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales. He is an MBA graduate from Imperial College and had an accelerated career into strategic marketing within Neurosurgery and ENT sectors. Compelled by the depth of technology and the nascent state of the enterprise video market, Tom took on the evolution of Imagen Ltd from bespoke developers of software to venture backed growth business with a world leading Sports Video Platform selling on 4 continents.
Imagen is now the leading platform for preserving and monetizing large libraries of sports content. Rights holders, federations and governing bodies use Imagen to fully realize the commercial value of their content through B2B licensing and SVOD subscriptions as well as increasing fan engagement and inspiring the next generation of champions.
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.
During the last two European Championships, he held a position in the tournament management team. In the last couple of years Marion worked on optimizing internal and external processes, while maintaining an above average level of service to its business partners.
The overall objective of ICT is to bring value to its stakeholders and help UEFA deliver the ultimate best during competitions.
Jean-Marc Pailhol is the Head of Group Market Management & Distribution of Allianz SE since 2016.
He began his career at the Banque Populaire in which he worked for 15 years in various positions starting as Marketing Director, Head of internal Audit and Strategy and Development Director for the Toulouse Pyrénées region before becoming the Group Director Retail Banking, responsible for the strategy and development of the Private individual sector.
Jean-Marc joined the Groupe La Poste, French postal operator in 2004, first as Commercial and Marketing Director for the financial services. He directly contributed to the creation of La Banque Postale, and became in 2006 Director of the national network.
In 2008 he joined Corporate Values Associates in Paris as Partner where he led the FSI team for Europe and Africa.
From 2009 to 2015 Jean-Marc was a Member of the Board of Management of Allianz France which he joined as Head of Distribution Unit.
He is well-known as an expert in retail banking strategy, network optimization, human resources, commercial policies, operational implementation and postal financial services.
Jean-Marc is Master of law and political science and a graduate from the French Business School ESSEC.
Luke is a highly experienced senior executive with an extensive knowledge of the media and broadcast sector. He has been at Brightcove since 2008, where he spent 5yrs leading it’s post-sales business in EMEA before moving to his current role as Vice President of OTT Solutions. In his current role Luke is responsible for developing Brightcove’s global go to market strategy for OTT and acting as an executive sponsor for Brightcove’s media businesses in EMEA and JAPAC.
Luke is passionate about technology and has spent 13 years helping top media organisations to meet their business challenges in the fast paced and complex digital landscape. Luke has considerable industry experience and prior to Brightcove, spent 5 years at Channel4 where he held a number of roles within Future Media & Technology.
Forscene is the world’s leading online video platform for the broadcast, sports, news and education industries. With over 30 years of experience as video editor Neil has worked on nearly every editing system out there.
He currently works as a product specialist for Forscene, where cloud based editing is at its most advanced. He is a thought leader in cloud-based video, often contributing to whitepapers and joining discussions on post-production. Neil is revealing secrets on how video content can work harder to increase revenue, from utilizing archives to working with UGC in real-time.
Rick leads R/GA’s Innovation and Business Transformation Consulting practice and R/GA’s EMEA Venture Studio programs. He recently launched R/GA’s IoT Venture Studio UK program (http://rgaiot.com), in partnership with InnovateUK, the UK Government’s Innovation arm, which culminates in a Demo Day on 4th May.
Rick works with business leaders to realise new ways of working that help unlock new revenue opportunities and business models to grow and enhance their businesses.
He is currently working within the sports sector on a European Venture Studio program and a soon-to-be launched sports platform that will bring fans closer to athletes.
He developed the first Connected Car experience, Fiat Eco-Drive, in 2008 and initiated Nike’s One-to-One Social Media Messaging solution for the Make It Count campaign in 2012, still used as the backbone of their social communication strategy to this day.
João Gonçalo Cunha is Co-founder & CEO at KickUP Sports Innovation. Entrepreneur and entrepreneurship booster managing innovation programs for the sportsbiz and sportstech industry.
He is also the Sports Director at Judo Clube de Lisboa, where he is developing a business model for judo with social impact.
He was previously CEO at Acredita Portugal, a not for profit organization focused on running one of the biggest entrepreneurship contests in the world.
Steve joined Sky Sports in 1994 as a junior member of the production team. After working on the launch of Sky’s entertainment football show, Soccer AM, Steve moved into live football production as an assistant producer, and was promoted to director in 1998.
From 1999, Steve directed Sky Sports’ live Premier League coverage. The same year, he was in the director’s chair for the first ever interactive football production which included innovations such as Player Cam, in-game statistics and alternative camera angles.
Steve took Sky Sports into a new dimension and directed the first ever 3D football match in 2009. A year later, he helped deliver the first ever live 3D broadcast available in UK homes with Sky’s first 3D golf production during the 2010 Ryder Cup. Steve continued to work on and improve Sky’s expanding 3D output, also directing boxing matches and Sky 1’s Got To Dance.
After directing over 1,500 live events for Sky, Steve moved into his current role in the summer of 2013, in which he is responsible for the overall output on Sky Sports. Steve works with the Executive Producers across all sports, as well as key senior personnel from across Sky, to ensure coverage is the best in the business and at the forefront of sports broadcasting. Since adopting the role, Steve has overseen a number of key moments, from award-winning Ashes coverage to Sky Sports' ground-breaking broadcast of The Open in 2016 to Sky's ever-developing, industry-leading coverage of the Premier League.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) is the premier sports entertainment company in Canada and is widely recognized as a global leader. As Chief Commercial Officer, David leads all revenue generation for MLSE’s teams and facilities.
Hired as a ‘day one’ employee of the Toronto Raptors in 1994, David has played a key leadership role at MLSE since the formation of the company in 1998, and has served in an Executive capacity for MLSE since 2004. David was named Chief Commercial Officer in 2013.
David oversees Global Partnerships, Ticketing, Suites, Premium Seating, Digital and Social Media, Food & Beverage, and Retail Operations for MLSE’s portfolio of teams including the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC. David’s team also leads Partnerships for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts; and through a unique partnership arrangement with global entertainment leader Live Nation, David’s team is exclusively responsible for Live Nation’s Canadian sponsorships.
Having begun his career with the Argonauts in 1993, David has more than 20 years of sports and entertainment sales, marketing and leadership experience. David plays an influential role within the industry both in Canada and internationally.
David currently serves on the Board of Directors for Canada Basketball, as well as the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for McGill University in Montreal. In 2012 David was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canada.
A native Torontonian, David and his family live in the Beach area of Toronto.
I am the UK Commercial Director and have lived in the North West for over 10 years. I have spent 15 years in sports and digital media and have created and delivered digital and commercial strategy for many clients, from National and International Federations to major brands. Today this involves increased focus on how sports organisations can leverage the rapid changes in technology and commercial rights.
I manage key client relationships for deltatre including UEFA (Digital business), England Rugby and BBC Sport. I also have extensive experience in leading bid campaign teams and managing multi-million and multi-year contracts with some of the best known organisations in sport including; UEFA, BBC Sport, British Athletics, Castrol, European Athletics, The Football League, LOCOG (London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games), Nationwide, Nike, 02 and England Rugby.
Chief Executive of UCFB, Philip has played a key role in establishing UCFB as the world leader in higher education for the football, sport and events industries since its first cohort of students began in 2011.
Overseeing UCFB’s expansion from its initial campus at Burnley’s historic Turf Moor stadium to Wembley Stadium and Etihad Stadium and introducing UCFB’s graduates into the world of sport, Philip also secured the UK’s first ever higher education postgraduate partnership with the Real Madrid Graduate School in 2015.
Having graduated first class in the Management School with an MBA in Football Industries from the University of Liverpool, Philip is an active member of the Institute of Directors, Chair of Independent Higher Education and a member of GuildHE
Promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2014 from his previous role as Vice President of Business Operations, Bart Wiley oversees all business operations for Sounders FC, including sales, marketing, corporate partnerships, communications, broadcast and digital-related content, international marketing and community outreach.
Under his guidance, Seattle has garnered unprecedented business-related success for a North American soccer club, including the top seven single-season attendance totals in MLS history, culminating in an active sellout streak of 127 consecutive matches. Sounders FC’s 2015 average attendance of 44,247 fans-per-match was good for second in the Americas last season, with the club holding firm amongst the top 30 clubs in global football attendance for the past two seasons. Additionally, Sounders FC has set record regional television ratings over the past two campaigns under Wiley’s stewardship, including a 32 percent year-over-year rise between the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Previously, he worked as Director of Communications for 711, Net Inc., Director of Publicity for NASCAR Busch Grand National Division driver Bobby Hillin and as publicist for former Major League Baseball player Brett Butler.
Wiley has represented Sounders FC across the globe at numerous conferences and special events, including events in Europe, Japan and Australia.
Jo is a senior content strategist with experience at some of the most interesting media and digital companies.
She was Head of HD at Sky and ran a number of successful product launches before going to BT as Head of Strategy where she was one of three people who created the idea and strategy for BT Sport.
Part of the small bidding team and then leading the product development pre-launch, Jo then joined Man City where she led the creation of a strategy to monetise City’s content and to drive growth and engagement through digital.
Under Jo’s leadership, City became the biggest EPL club on YouTube and created a groundbreaking branded content strategy.
Jo joined Wasserman to lead the agency’s European media and digital strategy business working on rights monetisation strategies including for a leading VR tech company, Amazon and Twitter.
Jo is also a Non-Exec Director for Exeter University.
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 long-term strategic collaborations with BT Sports in the UK and Econet Media in sub-Saharan Africa. 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 distribution, sales and digital media teams in developing best-of-breed content, businesses and sales and marketing solutions.
Ralph Rivera joined Eurosport as Executive Vice President / Managing Director for Eurosport Digital in September 2016 after six years with BBC Digital.
Prior to re-locating to the BBC in 2010, Ralph was SVP/GM Games, International Programming at Aol in the United States, a company at which he worked for over a decade.
A digital media executive with extensive experience building and operating highly-scaled, global online businesses, Ralph is a results-orientated leader with a strong track record of success spanning corporate, divisional, consulting and start-up environments.
One of Ralph’s tasks at Discovery Communications will be to emulate the success of the BBC iPlayer by giving viewers and users an enhanced Eurosport.com and Eurosport Player experience.
Hilary joined the International Hockey Federation (FIH) as Head of Event Delivery in 2015 with responsibility for the team overseeing FIH’s international events. Over her career, she has built up a portfolio of experience in major events and the Olympic landscape, having worked at England Rugby 2015, as General Manager for Sport Services at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and through her involvement at Rio 2016, London 2012 and Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Her early career was spent working in the National Association for Badminton in Scotland, where she led the implementation of a new coach education system and was central to the delivery of their major events, including the 2007 World Team Badminton Championships in Glasgow.
Hilary was invited to join the Sport Committee of the Commonwealth Games Federation in 2014, contributing to providing technical expertise and support to the Executive Board in relation to the development and management of the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.
For over two decades, John Angelos has led the Orioles business operations. As President and COO of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, a leading media property reaching millions of U.S. households across seven states and fourteen Nielsen markets, Angelos has led MASN since its inception and launch.
Named 2015 Marylander of the Year-Honorable Mention, Angelos has also been recognized by industry experts and media commentators for his re-invention of the economic model for private-public sports partnerships. Angelos' creation of the Orioles' "Sarasota365 Partnership" tripled initial projections, with the Orioles now generating more than $89 million annually and over $400 million in total sports tourism economic value for taxpayers and municipal investors.
Angelos has appeared on CBS, Bloomberg Media, PBS, MSNBC, Fox, and Rogers Media and has been covered in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Sports Pro, Sports Business Journal, and other publications.
Angelos has a BA from Duke University, and he also holds a law degree.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, Jordi Bertomeu Orteu earned a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Barcelona.
From its inception in March 1982, he undertook the roles of Legal Advisor and Secretary General of the Spanish Basketball Clubs Association (ACB) In December 1994, he was appointed vice-president of the ACB until July 2000, when he was named CEO of Euroleague Basketball. He later added the titles of Chairman (2009) and President (2011) of Euroleague Basketball.
In 2000, Mr. Bertomeu led the creation of an innovative model of management in European sports with the creation of a 100% private organization owned by the clubs and the domestic professional leagues that ever since has managed the two premiere European club basketball competitions, the EuroLeague and the EuroCup. Most recently, in 2016, Euroleague Basketball broke new ground again by creating the first true league in European basketball and among all European major sports in a joint venture with media and enterntainment giant IMG/WME.
Mr. Bertomeu has also been a member of the "Spanish Governmental Commission for the Transformation of Basketball and Football Clubs into Incorporated Sports Companies", a member of the "Executive Committee of the Spanish Basketball Federation" for 12 years, as well as an arbitrator for the Spanish Olympic Committee on the Court of Arbitration for Sport since October 1997.
He has also lectured as Professor of Sports Management in the Masters Programme of the INEFC at the University of Barcelona and as Professor of Sports Management and Administration in the Masters Programme at the University Complutense of Madrid.
Tokbox delivers a video cloud platform that enables companies to embed live face to face video communications into websites and applications at scale.
Leigh works with some of the most forward thinking Integrators and Agencies globally who are seizing the potential of this platform and developing apps and websites to change the face of communications and fan engagement through embedded real-time video chat.
Leigh has spent the last 10 years working in technology partnerships to deliver end to end solutions for organisations across all verticals.
After an early career in software development and starting up an IT Services company, Leigh spent 8 years at Virgin Media, working closely with brands such as Cisco, BT, EE, IBM & Microsoft before moving to TokBox to grow the indirect market across Europe.
When not enjoying time with his wife and 2 young children, Leigh takes to the skies as a student pilot.
Federico Smanio, 44, married with one son, born in Cologna Veneta (Verona) - Italy - on 1st January 1973.
Graduated in Economics at the University of Bologna, he is a multilingual fluent in English and Spanish and a passionate learner of Mandarin Chinese.
Professional football (soccer) player from 1997 to 2008, managed to start a new career in the sports industry at Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie B, the Italian second division football league, where he has been working since June 2010 assisting the CEO in the implementation of the Marketing Department of the most dynamic sports organization in the country.
He has designed the overall digital, CRM and social media marketing strategy and is currently Head of Digital and Fan Relationship Management at Lega B, where he also coordinated the 22 clubs SLOs.
He is passionate for all things digital and fascinated by the way the new media affect people’s and businesses life. 1h. 23 min. half marathoner he also writes blog posts on the web, commenting on sport, marketing, language learning, travels, economy and current affairs. Hopeless gourmand.
Roland Drewell, is Head of Pre Sales at Tokbox, a video PaaS that enables companies to embed live face to face video communications into websites and applications at scale. After spending many years working with disruptive technologies and platforms, Roland believes that Web RTC, the framework that Tokbox is built on, is a true game changer and will revolutionize how fans will engage with sports personalities.
After running a successful consultancy specializing in Adobe software, Roland worked in the mobile advertising industry for InMobi gaining inclusion to the 2013 MIT list of most disruptive technologies. He holds a BA in French and Italian and a MSc in Multimedia design and Programming, and loves competing in triathlons and watching tennis.
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.
Joanna started her career in sales and marketing, specialising in sport. Having worked on projects such as the UEFA Champions League, Six Nations and Natwest Cricket with Empics sports photography, her attention turned to football. She became Commercial Director of the Football Conference and was appointed onto the board of Notts County FC before setting up her own media agency as family commitments grew. Her 20+ years in working with brands, rights holders and the media have helped establish Joanna as one of the most highly regarded and innovative Chief Executives in British sport.
A Dutch citizen, Jaap Kalma studied in the USA receiving a BA in Economics from Roosevelt University and an MBA from Stanford business school. He worked at Unilever for 11 years in various marketing and sales roles in the Netherlands, UK, and Italy. In 2006 he joined car company/F1 team Ferrari in Maranello, where he worked in sponsoring, licensing, and retail, before taking on responsibility for the Ferrari brand and entering the company board. After a brief period in consultancy and various board positions, in 2014 Jaap joined football club AC Milan as Chief Commercial Officer with marketing and sales responsibility.
Bill Sweeney, is CEO at the British Olympic Association. He joined in November 2013 and is responsible for directing the day-to-day activities of the BOA, including overseeing Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games and the many other international, multi-sport events in which Team GB will compete.
From 2003-2010, Bill served as Senior Vice President of adidas Reebok Group, where he was responsible for the global management and strategic direction of a multi-billion euro business unit. Following that Bill was Global Head of Business Development for PUMA AG.
Prior to his career in the Sports industry he held various senior brand management and marketing positions with Unilever, Mars, and British American Tobacco.
On November 15, 2013, the final day of the Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Foundation Board elected Sir Craig Reedie as WADA’s third President, representing the sport movement. His three-year term began on January 1, 2014.
Sir Craig has enjoyed a Sports Administration career spanning five decades.
A former President of the Scottish Badminton Union and the International Badminton Federation, Sir Craig was responsible for the admission of his sport to the Olympic Programme in 1985. In 1992, he became Chairman of the British Olympic Association and led the organization through the Olympic Games of Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, and the Olympic Winter Games of Lillehammer, Nagano and Salt Lake City.
He was a leading member of the London 2012 Bid Team which won the right to host the Olympic Games in London and is a Non-Executive Director of the London Organising Committee. Furthermore, he became a Board member of the Olympic Lottery Distributor in 2006.
He became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1994 and has served on many different IOC Commissions including the Evaluation Commissions of 2001 and 2009, the Co-ordination Commissions for the Games in Athens and Beijing, the Marketing Commission, the Programme Commission and the Ethics Commission. He was elected as a member of the IOC Executive Board in October 2009 and became a Vice President in July 2012. He was Chair of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Adrian has been Chief Executive of Badminton England since 2006 and has led the modernisation and transformation of English badminton through a vision to ‘Consistently develop Olympic Champions and Get the Nation Playing Badminton’. He also leads the GB Olympic badminton programme on behalf of the four home nations.
Adrian led Badminton England to achieve the prestigious Governing Body of the Year 2015 at the BT Sport Industry Awards. In 2014, Adrian negotiated the renewal of the Yonex title partnership of the All England Badminton Open Championships - the largest sponsorship deal in the history of Badminton England.
Adrian is the driving force behind the establishment of the first professional badminton league in the UK. Adrian is also the Chair of a NGB focused CEO Forum and a member of the MK Sports Board.
Mark is Group Managing Director of ITN Productions, one of the UK’s biggest production companies, working across Television, Digital, Commercials, Branded Content and Sports production.
Since joining ITN in January 2009 he has diversified ITN Production’s capability; tripling the division’s turnover in the last 4 years. New ventures include TV Commercial Production including producing the UK’s most popular TV ad for two years in a row, Sports Production for all Football League coverage plus digitally for the EPL, SPFL, England Cricket and Premiership Rugby, Branded Content as well as building a post-production division and US business.
Previously, Mark spent seven years with Heart, where he led the station to number 1 in London including launching the new Heart breakfast show with Jamie Theakston, which became the first morning show to topple Capital from the number one spot.
Mark began his career as a journalist. He was head of news at a number of commercial radio stations including Gemini Radio in Devon and Neptune Radio in Kent winning 3 Sony Radio awards between 1996 – 2000 for best news and current affairs programme and news presenter of the year.
Hannes Jagerhofer, an Austrian entrepreneur and founder of the PR and event agency ACTS, has been organizing the world’s most famous beach volleyball tournament in Klagenfurt (Carinthia) for over 20 years – which has helped to mark a new era for beach volleyball.
With the establishment of the Beach Majors Company in 2015 – a joint venture with Red Bull – and the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series, Hannes Jagerhofer has pushed beach volleyball to an even higher level by setting new standards for sport and entertainment with two spectacular seasons.
Furthermore, he founded the flight search engine www.checkfelix.com, which he sold in 2011 to the market leader KAYAK. Another of Hannes Jagerhofer’s big projects was the YPD Challenge in 2009, a modern recruiting tool, while in 2013 he launched the start-up checkrobin.com, an innovative online platform that enables simple and fast transportation of packages around Europe.
Mike Moffo is the founder of Moffo Co, a creative strategy consultancy that provides bespoke communications for local and global brands. He is a strategic advisor to virtual reality company Laduma, and also leads digital policy campaigns for Airbnb in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Moffo specializes in harnessing grassroots and social media strategy to ignite global campaigns. Mike played a senior role in both presidential campaigns of Barack Obama. He has provided communications and management strategy to UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the US Department of Education, and the Obama White House.
Sam Li is the Head of Content Acquisition and Strategic Partnerships for Sina Sports, where he is responsible for domestic and international sports rights acquisition; strategic partnerships with rights holders, teams and individual athletes; and international sponsorships and marketing. He was previously an Associate Vice President with the National Basketball Association. Sam has a Juris Doctor degree from University of Michigan Law School and dual bachelor degrees from University of California, Los Angeles.
Dan Barnett is the Chief Commercial Officer for the 35th America’s Cup, overseeing the commercial program for the America’s Cup Event Authority and ORACLE TEAM USA, including all partnerships with broadcasters and sponsors, as well as the commercial engagement, hospitality and merchandise programmes and also the look and feel of the event from a creative and branding perspective.
Dan joined the America's Cup in San Francisco in 2011 as Senior Legal Counsel and subsequently Vice-President of Broadcast. Prior to this, Dan had worked in Switzerland with UEFA, the European Football Governing Body as well as SEGA and MTV Networks in London.
Dan has a degree in Law from Leeds University and he originally trained and qualified as a lawyer in London.
Matt Gentry is Managing Director of Andy Murray's management company, 77, which he set up with Murray in 2013. Matt began working with Murray at 19 Entertainment eight years ago, where he spent several years working closely with Simon Fuller across their talent portfolio in sport and entertainment. Last year, Matt, along with Murray and Gawain Davies (ex IMG and Lagardere Sports) set up a second arm to the 77 Group - 77 Sports Management - to identify and sign talent from the world of sport, with Murray acting as a mentor. Previously Matt worked at the global public relations firm, Hill & Knowlton, in the sport sponsorship team for brands including adidas, Pepsi, Coors and Castrol.
As the Chairman of ONE Championship™ (ONE), Sityodtong has been instrumental in the promotion’s success, driving the company with passion, fervour and a keen sense of business. Sityodtong credits martial arts for guiding him throughout both his business and personal life and is a firm believer of hard work and perseverance. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, supporting himself through college by working various jobs while teaching Muay Thai on the side.
Under his leadership, today, ONE Championship holds exciting live shows in iconic cities across Asia, showcasing the region’s best talent on a platform that provides action and excitement unlike any other mixed martial arts promotion in the world. ONE is currently broadcast to 1 billion homes in over 118 countries worldwide. It has forever changed Asian sports history and is further continuing to push the boundaries of how MMA is delivered to the fans.
Based in Singapore, Beatrice has over 16 years’ experience in the sports marketing industry. She joined Aser Group in October 2016 as the CEO of Baofeng Sports International, a JV between Aser Media & Baofeng Sports China. She manages the company business expansion and operations globally.
Beatrice was with MP & Silva for 7 years since October 2009 as the Managing Director, Asia Pacific, where she managed all commercial & operations across the region, excluding Japan and Korea.
Previously, she was the Commercial Director at Infront Sports & Media’s Beijing office, where she was in charge of the commercial rights for the Chinese national football and basketball teams and assisted in the sale of FIFA archive rights across Asia.
Mark is responsible for the overall content creation, technical delivery and digital platform development of the Olympic Channel as well as integrating partnerships with Rights Holding Broadcasters, sponsors, International Sports Federations (IFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs).
Before joining OCS, Parkman served as the Operations Executive for Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBC) and Vice President of International Sports Broadcasting (ISB), where he oversaw the operations of the host broadcaster for the Olympic Games. Mark was awarded an Emmy for his work on the host broadcaster team for the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002, and he recently managed operations for 1,800 hours of televised competition for the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, overseeing production, engineering, logistics, planning, crewing and broadcaster relations. Mark previously worked in marketing, public relations and international television coordination with Turner Broadcasting System and Cohn & Wolfe, where he led media efforts for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR and PGA Golf.
David Abrutyn joined Bruin Sports Capital in the spring of 2015 as a Partner. Abrutyn was formerly the Senior Vice President & Global Managing Director of IMG Consulting, which he joined in 1999. Abrutyn was responsible for the global leadership and management of the consulting business unit within IMG Sports and Entertainment. He led a team of over 150 executives in 20 offices across 13 countries focused on corporate consulting, strategy, activation, communications, public relations, property consulting, public sector and tourism consulting.
Abrutyn’s 23 years of industry experience also includes assisting many of the Fortune 500 companies in the development and implementation of sports and entertainment marketing strategies. In addition to consulting responsibilities at IMG, Abrutyn also represented NHL superstar Alex Ovechkin for all of his off-ice marketing and business ventures and he will continue to do so through Bruin Sports.
Adam has been at Camelot since 2008 and, in his role as National Lottery Marketing & Sports Partnerships Manager, has been instrumental in maximising the opportunities offered by The National Lottery's support of the Olympic and Paralympic Games – first for London 2012 and then Rio. Last year, Adam led on ‘I Am Team GB’, which succeeded in being the UK’s biggest ever sports participation event. With over £80 million a year in National Lottery funding going towards supporting over 1,300 elite athletes for sporting success, the event was to welcome home Britain’s Olympic heroes, encourage people to get active alongside them and to thank National Lottery players for the part they played in helping to fund elite sport. Outside of work, Adam is a keen runner – he ran 6 marathons on 6 continents in 29 days for a school in Ethiopia – and is always up for a new challenge.
South Africa’s premier wicketkeeper for the first seven years after its readmission to international cricket, David Richardson played 42 Tests and 122 One-Day Internationals before retiring from all cricket in 1998 after a 21-year first-class career.
Mr Richardson, a qualified lawyer, remained in touch with the game after retirement as both a media commentator as well as a business director with Octagon SA, the company responsible for negotiating player employment contracts with the United Cricket Board of South Africa, as Cricket South Africa was known then. Then, in January 2002, he was appointed the first ICC General Manager of cricket, a post he retained till June 2012, before becoming the fourth ICC Chief Executive.
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.
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