With 10 years well and truly under our belt, Leaders has grown from a 1-day summit, to a week-long series of events gathering 3000 of the most senior business executives from all corners of world sport.
From the 8-11 October 2018 Leaders Week will gather the who’s who of global sport, technology and entertainment for an unrivalled series of knowledge-sharing, experiential, networking and social events taking place all week across the city of London.
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Adam Silver was unanimously elected NBA Commissioner on Feb. 1, 2014, by the NBA Board of Governors.
Silver presides over a league that is a global leader in social responsibility, a model for international sports marketing and one of the largest providers of sports programming in the world. He is dedicated to increasing transparency, leading with integrity, and inspiring youth to live healthy lifestyles through basketball.
In 2015, Silver was named to TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People. He also earned Sports Executive of the Year honors at the 2015 Sports Business Awards and was named to Fortune’s 2015 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. In 2014, SportsBusiness Journal ranked Silver No. 1 on its list of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business and Sports Illustrated named him Executive of the Year.
Chief Executive Officer
The Sport Business Summit Sir Martin Sorrell: The Future of Media and Marketing
Sir Martin Sorrell is an English businessman and the Chief Executive Officer of WPP Group. He has served in that role since he started the company. WPP is regarded as the driving force for the period of consolidation which has been going on within the communications industry for the last ten to fifteen years. His WPP group has amassed the largest media buying group in the world, GroupM. Together with the creative agency networks, JWT, Ogilvy and Mather, Young & Rubicam and Grey, WPP is one of the three major players in the global advertising market.
Chief Brand Officer
The Sport Business Summit Stephanie McMahon: Building the WWE Brand
As Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon is responsible for working with WWE’s business units to support key growth initiatives and represents WWE as its global brand ambassador. She is the primary spokesperson for WWE’s CSR initiatives, including Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen and Be a STAR, WWE’s anti-bullying program. In 2014, Stephanie and her husband, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, established Connor’s Cure, a fund dedicated to fighting Pediatric cancer. Stephanie is also a TV personality, appearing regularly on WWE’s flagship programming. She is a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute and is also a member of the 2015 Eisenhower Fellowship class.
Prior to being named Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie was Executive Vice President, Creative and was responsible for overseeing the Digital and Creative Departments, as well as the creative development of all WWE television, pay-per-view programming, print, digital and social media content. She has also managed WWE’s Talent Relations, Talent Brand Management and Live Events businesses.
Stephanie is a member of the Board of Directors for WWE, USO Metropolitan Washington and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. She has been recognized as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Cable” by CableFAX magazine for the past five years. Most recently, Stephanie was recognized as a “Wonder Woman” by Multichannel News for 2016 and was named to the Variety Power of Women Impact Report. Adweek also included Stephanie in their inaugural list of the 2016 Most Powerful Women in Sports.
The Sport Business Summit Billy Beane/Sir Dave Brailsford: Moneyball meets Marginal Gains
David Brailsford has been involved in cycling throughout his career and has enjoyed a number of highlights. In 2008, in his role as Performance Director at British Cycling, he led the GB Cycling Team to an unprecedented 8 gold medals at the Beijing Olympic Games. He replicated this feat in 2012, leading Team GB to another 8 gold medals at the London Olympics. In 2010 Dave joined British based professional team, Team Sky, with the aim of bringing Britain its first ever Tour De France winner. In 2012 Dave achieved this, with Bradley Wiggins winning the prestigious race. One year later, it was under Dave’s leadership again that Chris Froome won the Tour De France for Team Sky. Dave received his knighthood for services to cycling and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on 28th February 2013.
Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations
The Sport Business Summit Billy Beane/Sir Dave Brailsford: Moneyball meets Marginal Gains
Beane turned the identification and recruitment of talented players into a science, famously charted in the best-selling book ‘Moneyball’ and has moulded the A’s into a perennial post-season contender whilst running the club as one of the most cost effective teams in the MLB. Throughout his career Beane has been awarded a number of prestigious honours including; The Sporting News’ Executive of the Year, MLB’s Executive of the Year, and Street & Smith’s Sport Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list. Billy Beane was drafted by the New York Mets in 1980 and spent most of the 1980s in the minor leagues. He played six seasons in the major leagues before joining the management team of the Oakland Athletics in 1990, becoming general manager in 1997. His innovative management style inspired the 2003 book Moneyball, which was made into a film in 2011, starring Brad Pitt as Beane.
The Sport Business Summit Lord Sebastian Coe: Improving Sporting Governance
Sebastian Coe is President of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Executive Chairman of CSM Sport and Entertainment and one of the world’s most high profile sportsmen having been a competitor, sports administrator, event organiser, campaigner, media commentator, and a life-long sports fan. He was Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, having previously been Chairman of the London 2012 bid company and was Chairman of the British Olympic Committee in the lead up to and during the unprecedented medal success of Team GB at the Rio Olympic Games.
Seb set 12 world records during his athletic career and at the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980 he won Gold in the 1500m and Silver in the 800m a feat that he repeated in Los Angeles in 1984.
Seb retired from competitive athletics in 1990 and became a conservative MP and Private Secretary to William Hague. In 2002 he was made a Peer. He received a Knighthood in the 2006 New Year’s Honours List and received a Companion of Honour in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.
In addition to a number of other roles in sport Seb is also Pro-Chancellor of Loughborough University where he studied as an undergraduate, a Non-Executive Director of VitalityHealth & Life Group of Companies and serves as an Ambassador for BMW. He is a Member of the Laureus World Sport Academy and a Consultant for his beloved Chelsea Football Club.
Irina Pavlova was appointed President of Onexim Sports and Entertainment Holding USA, Inc. in 2010. She is one of the most powerful female executives in US sport and represents the Brooklyn Nets owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, in both management and team ownership. Irina serves on the Boards of Directors of NETS Basketball and Brooklyn Arena LLC. Prior to joining Onexim Sports and Entertainment, Pavlova was head of Google’s Strategic Partnerships in Russia, where she was Google’s first employee. She previously served as an equity analyst and portfolio manager at Wentworth, Hauser and Violich and began her career as a financial analyst with Prudential Investment Corporation.
Roger is an American businessman who is currently the Commissioner of the National Football League. Starting his tenure in September 2006 just before the start of the NFL season, commentators have described him “the most powerful man in sports”. His career began as an administrative intern in an NFL office in New York, leading to a role as an assistant in public relations department. Eventually in 2001 he became the NFL’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer overseeing the league’s football operations and officiating, as well as supervised league business functions. Goodell was chosen out of the final 4 candidates on August 8, 2006 to succeed Tagliabue as the NFL commissioner.
Chief Executive Officer
The Sport Business Summit Martin Glenn: Growth, Development & Change - Looking Ahead at The FA
Martin Glenn joined the FA in March 2015 following a successful career at three of the largest companies in the UK. He spent 15 years at Walkers Crisps/ PepsiCo where he over saw the growth of the Walkers Crisps from a regional brand to Britain’s biggest supermarket brand. From there he moved to run two Private Equity backed companies, BirdsEye and United Biscuits. He led the latter to a successful sale at the end of 2014. In 2003 Martin was voted CEO of the year by Marketing Magazine and he was President of the Marketing Society from 2013-16. He joined the board of the Football Foundation in 2016. His involvement in football predates the FA role. He was Non- Executive director of Leicester city from 2002-06 and took his Level 1 FA Coaching badge in 2002.
Since joining the FA he has undertaken a process of modernising its practices and relationships and restoring its financials to allow more investment into Football projects. The FA’s investment into the game now stands at a record high of 125 million a year.
Lisa Borders brings more than 25 years of experience in operations, marketing, government relations and public service to her most recent role of President of the WNBA. Lisa, who served most recently as Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation and Vice President, Global Community Affairs at The Coca-Cola Company, will lead the world’s premier women’s basketball league. Lisa was instrumental in bringing the WNBA to Atlanta in 2008, when she served as Vice Mayor of Atlanta and President of the City Council. As President of WNBA she will be responsible for spearheading the company’s efforts to strengthen the WNBA and accelerate its growth.
Richard Scudamore is the Executive Chairman of the highest tier of association football in England, the Premier League, a position he has held since June 2014. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive from November 1999.
As the man at the helm of the luxury Swiss watchmaker, Jean-Claude is the brains behind a number of the brand’s successes. Using the sport industry to carve out Hublot’s market position in the watchmaking world, Jean Claude has helped the brand secure sponsorship deals with, amongst others, Manchester United, FC Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Ajax Amsterdam, the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and the Financial Times. Hublot has also provided special versions of their watches to referees officiating at UEFA Euro 2008, served as the Official Watchmaker of Formula 1, the Official Watch and Official Timekeeper for both Ferrari and the UEFA EURO 2012 tournament, and also as the Official Time Keeper of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup.
EVP and Deputy Managing Director
Begoña is one of Real Madrid’s top commercial executives. She has been an integral part of the world’s richest soccer club since 2001, controlling the business, marketing and commercial activities at the club, as well as overseeing the digital and international development of Real Madrid. She spent six years as the Director of Marketing for Sega and has also held the position as Commercial Executive at Nielsen Research. Back in September 2015, Matadeporte Magazine named Begoña as the most influential woman in the Spanish sports industry, an accolade recognizing her outstanding loyalty and business acumen.
Before being elected FIFA President, Gianni Infantino was the UEFA General Secretary since October 2009, having joined the organisation in 2000. He led a team of over 400 staff which has helped further strengthen both national team and club football in Europe and UEFA’s role as a respected and credible international governing body.
At the helm of UEFA’s administration and together with the Executive Committee, he has intensified UEFA’s work to provide a democratic and sustainable environment for European football. This has been achieved through initiatives such as Financial Fair Play, improved commercial support and an increased role in the decision-making process for Member Associations of all sizes, and the development of UEFA’s competitions at every level of the game – including the exponential growth of the UEFA Champions League and the expansion of the UEFA European Football Championships.
Gianni led the fight against social ills and threats to the integrity of football in Europe, including all forms of racism and discrimination, violence and hooliganism, and match-fixing.
Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE is one of the most influential, high profile and respected female business leaders in the UK. She has been voted Business Woman of the Year, Ultimate Entrepreneur and rated among the 50 most inspirational people in the world. Karren is CEO of West Ham United Football Club and Senior Non-Executive Director of Syco Entertainment, a company jointly owned by Simon Cowell and Sony and leading retail multinational Taveta Investments, owner of global brands including Topshop. Karren entered the House of Lords in 2014 and received a CBE from the Queen for her services to business, entrepreneurship and women in business.
President, Business and Media
Bob Bowman is the President, Business & Media of Major League Baseball. He directs revenue-generating and media rights activities across all MLB entities while continuing to oversee MLB Advanced Media, LP (MLBAM) and MLB Network. Equally owned by MLB’s 30 teams, MLB Advanced Media currently has a value of around $6billion and sits at number 9 in Forbes’ Fab 40 of the World’s Most Valuable Sports Brands. He held several senior management positions at ITT Corporation, a multibillion dollar organisation that owned Madison Square Garden and the New York Knicks and served for eight years as Treasurer of the State of Michigan.
Managing Director of Global Sponsorships and Marketing
Tina started her career at advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy and came to Citi in 2005 as the VP of North American Advertising. In 2011, Tina took on an enhanced role when Citi first decided to get involved in the Olympics ahead of the London Games.
After the 2012 Games, Tina built out an entire new group to oversee all of Citi’s sponsorship efforts – the Games, Citi Field, Presidents Cup, the Citi Open, Harlem EatUp and more. She was promoted to Managing Director, Corporate Sponsorship and Marketing at the bank late last year.
Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA.
Agnelli took up his role as President of Juventus FC in early 2010 and was the fourth member of his family to run the football club. Agnelli has been credited with overseeing the club’s transition into the new stadium and balancing their finances in wake of the ongoing recession ravaging Italy. In 2011, he appointed Antonio Conte as manager and that year Juventus went unbeaten in the league on the way to winning the title in emphatic style. As well as his post at Juventus, Agnelli is also an Executive member at the European Club Association, and a board member of Fiat and Exor.
Chief Executive Officer
Christian has been CEO at the German Bundesliga since 2005 where he oversees the strategic orientation and overall leadership of the DFL and has led the league to record revenues in every area of the business. He currently also serves as Vice President of the German Football Association and as a member of the board of the League Association. Prior to joining the Bundesliga, Christian spent five years at KarstadtQuelle New Media AG, latterly as Chief Executive Officer, and 2 years as Director of Marketing (Central Europe) for MTV Networks.
Chief Executive Officer
Scott O’Neil signed on as CEO of the 76ers and Devils in 2013, where he oversees all business operations of both organisations, as well as the Devils’ home arena the Prudential Center. Previously, Scott served as president of Madison Square Garden Sports, where he oversaw the business operations of three professional sports teams, the New York Knicks, New York Rangers and New York Liberty, leading some of the most coveted brands in sports. Scott came to MSG from the NBA, where as senior vice president, he oversaw the league’s team marketing and business operations. He advised NBA and WNBA teams on ticket sales and service, sponsorship development, and marketing.
Scott will be joined on stage by his brother Matt to discuss growing revenues in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLS.
"Excellent atmosphere, top level speakers and top level people."Gianni Infantino, President, FIFA
"An event that is absolutely critical. "Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP Group
"The best sports conference in the world and the only one I’ll attend."Billy Beane, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Oakland Athletics
"The networking is one of the key highlights of being here at Leaders."Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE
"I’ve been to Leaders many many times, and I will keep coming as long as I can."Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Principal, Team Sky
"Leaders has become such an important part of the fabric of sports on a global basis."Peter Moore, CEO, Liverpool F.C.
"Leaders gather the best minds in sports in one place."Pam El, Executive Vice President, CMO, NBA