From 2-6 October this year, the who’s who of global sport, technology and entertainment will descend on London for an unrivalled series of knowledge-sharing, experiential, networking and social events taking place all day, all night, all week across the city.
The beating heart of Leaders Week, the 2-day Leaders Sport Business Summit at Chelsea FC, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and is an unmissable opportunity to learn and connect with the best.
Chief Executive Officer
The Sport Business Summit Growth, Development and 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.
Chief Brand Officer
The Sport Business Summit 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 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.
The Sport Business Summit Creating the Winning Formula
In April of 2007, Rich Gotham was promoted to team President of Boston Celtics. In his role, Gotham is responsible for all aspects of the Celtics business operations. The Celtics are one of the most successful teams in North America. As a percentage of championships won, the Celtics are the most successful franchise to date in the major four traditional North American professional sports leagues. In June of 2006, Gotham was named Chief Operating Officer for the Boston Celtics. From April 2003 through June 2006, Gotham served as Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Corporate Development for the Celtics.
The Sport Business Summit Method in the Madness
Val Ackerman was named the fifth Commissioner of the Big East Conference on June 26, 2013. She was the founding President of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and a past President of USA Basketball, which oversees the U.S. men’s and women’s Olympic basketball program. She has had a long and accomplished career in the sports industry and is one of the few sports executives who has held leadership positions in both men’s and women’s sports at the collegiate, professional, national team and international levels.
Ackerman attended the University of Virginia as one of the school’s first female student-athlete scholarship recipients. She was a four-year starter, three-time captain and two-time Academic All-American for the Cavaliers’ women’s basketball team and the first 1,000-point scorer in the program’s history. She graduated with high distinction with a degree in political and social thought in 1981 and played one year of professional basketball in France before earning a law degree from UCLA in 1985.
Chief Executive Officer
The Sport Business Summit 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.
The Sport Business Summit 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.
Chief Executive Officer of Media
THE BROADCAST DISRUPTORS Taking Sports Broadcasting Over The Top – And Beyond
Phil Lynch is Chief Executive Officer of Media at Manchester United, where he is responsible for overseeing the club’s media initiatives, including the management and operations of MUTV (the club’s 24×7 linear television network), the creation and editorial oversight of United Review (official match day programme) and Inside United (official monthly magazine) as well as the club’s digital media partnerships and direct to consumer products.
Prior to his time at Manchester United, Phil was the Global Head / Vice President of Content & Media Partnerships at Yahoo, overseeing 3500+ content partnerships across all verticals, as well as their digital distribution efforts. During his tenure, he was selected by Variety as one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders” for 2016 and credited with developing Yahoo’s over the top live sports offering via securing broadcast rights and partnerships with the likes of the National Football League, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, and PGA Tour.
Prior to Yahoo, Phil was the senior vice president, digital networks & games for Sony Pictures Television (SPT). In this position, he was responsible for negotiating distribution deals and managing relationships with partners on behalf of Crackle, the studio’s multi-platform video entertainment network worldwide, and for acquisitions, programming, marketing and operations for Crackle’s English language services in the US, Canada and Australia.
Chief Executive Officer
The Sport Business Summit Working Hard and Getting the Edge, Whatever the Industry
As Chief Executive Officer of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Brett Yormark oversees the business enterprise that manages and controls the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the New York Islanders business operations, the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and the Nets’ Development League affiliate, the Long Island Nets. Yormark is a member of the Board of Advisory Directors for both the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center. Alongside Charlie Walk of the Republic Group, Yormark co-founded the BSE Advisory Board, which provides strategic guidance and supports development initiatives and unique content opportunities for Barclays Center.
The Sport Business Summit Striking The Owner’s Balance: Global Perspectives
Stephen A Kaplan was a founder of Oaktree Capital Group, LLC, and currently an Oaktree Advisory Partner having retired from day-to-day activities at the end of 2016. At Oaktree, Mr Kaplan founded and built the Global Principal Group which focuses on control investments in the United States, Europe and Asia. Over the past several years Mr. Kaplan has built a significant business in sports ownership. He is the Managing General Partner of Swansea City Football, a football team based in Wales playing in the English Premier League.
In 2012, Mr. Kaplan was part of a group of investors that purchased the Memphis Grizzlies. He currently serves as the Grizzlies Vice-Chairman and has served as an Alternate Governor on the Board of Governors of the National Basketball Association. Mr. Kaplan is also an early stage investor in, and a board member of, Immortals, a leading company that owns teams competing in the emerging arena of video game competition.
Head of Sport Partnerships & Coordination
THE ULTIMATE FAN EXPERIENCE Transforming The Experience Of Traditional Sports
Jenny Mann is responsible for managing strategic projects for the sports department at the International Olympic Committee. She also oversees the IOC’s partnerships with the World Olympians Association, IOC Recognised Organisations and IOC Recognised International Federations. Jenny has spent the past twenty years working in Olympic sports including three Olympic Games (Sydney 2000, London 2012, and Rio 2016), IAAF World Championships and ITU triathlon events.
Chief Communications Officer
The Sport Business Summit Going Global: Leagues Making Their Mark Away From Home
As Chief Communications Officer, Joris Evers is responsible for the global communications strategy at LaLiga. Before joining LaLiga, Joris was vice president and head of communications for Netflix in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Joris joined Netflix in 2011 at its Los Gatos, Calif. headquarters. He was deeply involved in the launch of Netflix throughout the world, including establishing the streaming company’s EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam.
As a geek, Joris also led the effort to tell the story of how Netflix is using the Internet to change the way TV is being created, delivered and consumed. Prior to Netflix, Joris worked in senior communications roles at McAfee. Before that Joris covered the technology industry as a journalist for a decade, both in Europe and from Silicon Valley.
"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
"The level of attendees and speakers is really great."Roger Goodell, Commissioner, NFL
"It’s a place I put on my calendar every single year and make sure I come"Scott O’Neil, Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center
"I’ve learnt that Leaders has become such an important part of the fabric of sports on a global basis."Peter Moore, CEO, Liverpool F.C.
"The people that come here are refreshingly direct and honest, you don’t get that everywhere"Bob Bowman, President, Business & Media, MLB
"Leaders gather the best minds in sports in one place"Pam El, Executive Vice President, CMO, NBA
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