President & CEO
Strategic Partner Manager, Sports, EMEA
Chairman and Co-Founder
Global Research Director
Chief Business Officer
Senior Vice President, Sports and Entertainment
Chief Technology Officer
Chief Commercial Officer
DFL Digital Sports
Founder and CEO
Whistle Sports Network
In 2015, Infront was acquired by Dalian Wanda Group, followed by the foundation of Wanda Sports Group shortly later. In addition to Infront, Philippe leads Wanda Sports Group as President & Vice Chairman, with the group well set to capture opportunities in the global sports industry and contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – both in spectator and participant sports. Prior to Infront, Philippe spent 10 years at global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company as Partner and then Principal. He has worked extensively in various sports-related organisations and served as board member of the Right To Play Foundation Switzerland for almost nine years. Philippe Blatter holds a Master of Science degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and an MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
John West, founder and CEO of Whistle Sports, is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience launching and building companies. In 1989, West started Enstrat, an environmental services company, which was sold seven years later. In 1996, West joined Mitchell Madison Group, a management consulting firm, and was subsequently elected partner.