London laid the foundations, now we’re bringing Leaders Week across the pond to The Big Apple. 21-24 May 2018 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 day, all night, all week across the city of New York.
After 4 years of the globally renowned Leaders Sport Business Summit, the two day Summit will once again take place at The TimesCenter, featuring as the focal point of the week on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 May. This is truly your opportunity to learn and connect with the best.Enquire
Chief Executive Officer
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Levy is president of Turner, overseeing the company’s leading portfolio of domestic entertainment, sports, kids and young adult brands, including TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Bleacher Report and ELEAGUE, the company’s entry into the red hot esports category. He also leads Ad Sales and Distribution, the company’s two primary U.S. domestic revenue divisions, and has oversight of Turner Sports.
Since assuming executive leadership of the company’s domestic portfolio in 2013, the Turner networks have maintained top competitive rankings in key metrics for TNT, TBS, Adult Swim, truTV and Cartoon Network, as well as a leading portfolio of digital brands, including Bleacher Report.
He has led a significant expansion in digital media for Turner including the company’s acquisition of Bleacher Report and acquiring a majority stake in streaming video pioneer iStreamPlanet. In 2016, Turner launched FilmStruck, the company’s first U.S. domestic subscription video-on-demand service.
Mr. Levy has been instrumental in deepening and expanding Turner’s sports media rights. Turner’s premium sports content includes partnerships with the NBA, the NCAA for the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, Major League Baseball and the PGA.
He has received many accolades during his career, including induction into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
Chief Brand Officer
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.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
On July 24, 2015, it was announced that Leiweke would become the COO of the NFL. He will be the first NFL COO since commissioner Roger Goodell took over in 2003. As the NFL’s COO, Leiweke will oversee business operations for the league and will work directly with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to increase the popularity of the sport globally. Tod previously served as CEO of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment and has led the transformation of the NHL’s $145million Tampa Bay Lightning off the ice, more than doubling the team’s season ticket base and increasing overall attendance by 20%. Prior to taking up this role, Tod spent 7 years as CEO of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and Vulcan Sports & Entertainment, also overseeing all aspects of the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Sounders FC. He also served as president of First & Goal Inc., which operates Qwest Field and Qwest Field Event Centre for the state of Washington. He was recognised for his efforts in 2009, being named CEO of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal and also by the Seattle Sports Commission.
"Leaders bring together some of the best and brightest minds in the sports world. "Adam Silver, Commissioner, NBA
"It’s an amazingly impressive group of Leaders in the sports world"Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sport