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
Robert D. Manfred, Jr. was elected as the 10th Commissioner in the history of Major League Baseball on August 14, 2014 by a vote of the 30 Clubs. He officially became the sport’s leader on January 25, 2015. As Commissioner, Manfred has set goals for the industry that focus on the expansion of youth participation, international growth, improved pace of game, the infusion of technology, increased marketing of the game’s young stars and furtherance of the game’s diversity goals. The 2016 season produced a new five-year collective bargaining agreement, continuing an unprecedented era of labor peace through 2021, and a record year for industry revenues and overall business performance
Manfred became MLB’s Chief Operating Officer in 2013. Prior to that, he had served as Executive Vice President since 1998, directing all collective bargaining issues, including successful renewals of the Basic Agreement in 2002, 2006 and 2011 and dramatically improved competitive balance. Manfred is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Colleen, have four adult children
Chief Marketing Officer & Director of Brand
As Chief Marketing and Communication Officer of FC Barcelona Guillem Graell is responsible of leading the global growth of the Barça Brand across the strategic markets. Guillem is leading a team of more than 100 people across the global functions of Marketing, Communications, Digital Content, Brand Experience and Protocol and institutional relationships. FC Barcelona is heading towards the vision of becoming “the most admired and loved Sports brands” that represents a true revolution on the approach to fan reach and engagement.
Prior to joining FC Barcelona, Guillem was Chief Marketing Officer & Communication Director for the Codorniu Group (leading Spanish wine Group) and previously held numerous marketing and management positions at FMCG leading companies such Chupa Chups, Reckitt Benckisser and Procter & Gamble in several locations across Europe.
James Dinan founded and runs hedge fund York Capital Management. He lost much of his savings in the 1987 stock market crash, but launched York in 1991 with some $4 million raised from colleagues from his onetime employer, investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. York now oversees about $17 billion in assets. In 2014 Dinan purchased a minority stake in the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, partnering with fellow financial investors Marc Lasry and Wes Edens. He sits on numerous boards, including the board of directors of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the board of trustees of the Museum of the City of New York, which he chairs.
Chief Executive Officer
Kati Levoranta is Rovio’s Chief Executive Officer since January 2016. Previously she headed Rovio’s consumer products business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and also served as the company’s Chief Legal Officer. Creator of the world famous mobile game Angry Birds, the firm has recently embarked on sports partnership with a recently announced deal with EPL side, Everton FC. Prior to joining Rovio, she held several positions at Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks. A dedicated triathlete, Kati holds a law degree from the University of Turku, an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics and an LL.M from Columbia Law School.
Executive Board Member - Internationalization and Strategy
Jörg Wacker has been Member of the FC Bayern Munich Executive Board, overseeing Internationalization and Strategy since July 1, 2013. Since November 2015, he has also been responsible for merchandising and licensing for FC Bayern Munich AG. Before joining the German record champions, Wacker spent seven years as head of Germany at bwin, Europe’s largest provider of online sports betting, as well as managing director of the consulting firm SportCASA GmbH. Previously, he worked as managing director of Sport1 GmbH and as a program director at Bild.de. He started his professional career as a sports journalist studying literature and sports at the University of Karlsruhe.
Wacker is also a member of the Advisory Board of FC Bayern Munich LLC (founded in April 2014 in New York) and Chairman of the Board at FC Bayern Munich (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., which was founded in September 2016. Since December 2016, Jörg Wacker has also been a member of the Supervisory Board of Bundesliga International GmbH.
Global Vice President Design
James Sommerville is a key leader in one of the world’s most valuable and innovative brands. His works over the last 3 years has been seen by billions of consumers, in over 200 countries. James joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2013 as VP of Global Design. In his short time, he has re-branded over 20 global brands across the system.
James recently led and launched the design of the ‘One Brand Strategy’ and “Taste the Feeling” global campaign for the Coca-Cola trademark. This global campaign was launched in 200 markets in a 24-hour period – the largest single campaign in the history of marketing.
Chief Operating Officer
Meredith Kopit Levien was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of The New York Times Company in June 2017. Ms. Kopit Levien oversees the teams responsible for digital product, design, audience and brand, consumer revenue, advertising, live events and new product development.
She was most recently executive vice president and chief revenue officer, a position she held since April 2015. In that role, Ms. Kopit Levien was responsible for the generation of all advertising and subscription revenue from The Times’s products and services and for leadership of the advertising, marketing, video and live event teams. Ms. Kopit Levien joined The Times Company in August 2013 as head of advertising.
She previously served as chief revenue officer at Forbes Media, where she led the North American and European revenue operations for Forbes.com, the Forbes Magazine Group and Forbes Conferences since 2011.
Ms. Kopit Levien began her professional career in 1993 at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC., did a two year stint at digital ad agency and website development firm i33 Communications, and worked in various sales and marketing roles at Atlantic Media Company from 2001 to 2008.
Aurelio De Laurentiis has a background in the film industry and has produced and distributed more than 400 films worldwide. He has served as President of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, President of the Italian Film Producers Association and is a shareholder of Italian Entertainment Group, and also Filmmaster Group, a company which will organise the opening and the closing ceremonies of 2016 Rio Olympic Games. During his time in the film industry, Aurelio began a new career as a sports entrepreneur. He won the auction to buy the historic Italian club Napoli directly from a bankruptcy sale and set the goal of getting the team back to success. At the time of the purchase, Napoli was playing in the Third Division (Serie C1). In just three years, they were back in Serie A and by 2011 reached the UEFA Champions League. During his ownership, Napoli has won the Coppa Italia (2012 and 2014) and is established among the world’s top 30 soccer clubs.
"The best sports conference in the world and the only one I’ll attend."Billy Beane, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Oakland Athletics
"Leaders bring together some of the best and brightest minds in the sports world. "Adam Silver, Commissioner, NBA
"The quality of the speakers and the level of people in the audience is truly amazing."David Levy, President, Turner
"Leaders gather the best minds in sports in one place."Pam El, Executive Vice President, CMO, NBA
"Leaders have really become the benchmark for conferences about sport business."Francesco Calvo, Chief Revenue Officer, FC Barcelona
"It’s an amazingly impressive group of Leaders in the sports world."Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sport