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.Enquire
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 The Barça Innovation Hub: The number one centre of sporting innovation in the world
Bartomeu became President of FC Barcelona on 23 January 2014, the date on which Sandro Rosell resigned. Before assuming the presidency, he had fulfilled various other roles at FC Barcelona. Between 2003 and 2005 he was the Director responsible for the handball and basketball sections. In 2010 he returned to the Club as Vice President, serving under Rosell.
With Josep Maria Bartomeu as President, the Club’s professional teams have maintained their success, the highlight being Barçelona’s treble winning campaign in 2014/15, consisting of the league title, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. Married and father of two, he is a partner and CEO of the ADELTE Group (port and airport engineering, worldwide leader of boarding and design of large transport vehicles) and EFS, Equipo Facility Services (group of system maintenance and electromechanical equipment businesses).
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 Striking The Owner’s Balance: Global Perspectives
Sheila C. Johnson is an entrepreneur and philanthropist whose accomplishments span the arenas of hospitality, sports, TV/film, the arts, education, women’s empowerment and community development. As Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, Ms. Johnson oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties in Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, and Louisiana. The equestrian-inspired Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, opened in 2013 and has since been recognized as one of the country’s finest properties.
As Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Ms. Johnson is the only African-American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, for which she serves as President and Managing Partner. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association.
In 2015, Ms. Johnson was named on Forbes Magazine’s Top 50 America’s Richest Self Made Women. And in 2016, she co-founded WE Capital, a venture capital consortium to support and empower female-led enterprises that can advance transformational social change. She also serves on the board of the Greater Washington Partnership, which seeks to strengthen the region’s global position as a center for commerce and innovation.
President & Chief Executive Officer
The Sport Business Summit The Changing Relationship Between Sports & Consumers
Gene McCarthy is a distinguished and well known veteran of the Athletic and Outdoor Footwear and Apparel industries. In October of 2015 Mr. McCarthy was appointed President and CEO of Asics Americas Group which includes the United States with subsidiaries in Canada, Mexico, Brazil along with distributors throughout Latin America. Prior to that he was President of the Merrell Brand, a division of Wolverine WorldWide. Before then he was the SVP of Footwear at Under Armour where he oversaw the entire footwear organisation including design, development, merchandising and strategic planning. He also managed all financial accounts and directed the brand’s footwear distribution strategy.
Chief Executive Officer
The Sport Business Summit Improving Sporting Governance
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 lead 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 Executive Officer
The Sport Business Summit Making Augmented a Reality
Ambarish Mitra is the CEO and co-founder of Blippar, the leading augmented reality browser using artificial intelligence and computer vision to give people more from the world they see. He has grown Blippar from 3 co-founders to 300+ employees in 10 offices including acquiring AR giant Layar in 2014.
"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
UEFA partners with Leaders Generation XX Series to provide a year-round platform for the discussion around stimulating growth in women’s sport.
WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell, FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and Oakland’s EVP of Basketball Operations Billy Beane lead the speaker line up at Leaders Week.
Leaders, has launched Leaders Week, a week-long series of thought leadership events for the sports and entertainment industry.
American City Business Journals acquire further 50% of Leaders with Founders Worrall and Lau leading the growth strategy.
The inaugural one-day international summit welcomed 250 Chinese and international senior executives, 50+ media outlets and 20 speakers from the world of sport.
The Sport Performance Summit touched down in Chicago this week for its very first edition in the Windy City at Solider Field.
UEFA partners with Leaders Generation XX Series to provide a year-round platform for the discussion around stimulating growth in women’s sport
Sir Martin Sorrell, Josep Maria Bartomeu, Stephanie McMahon and Billy Beane take centre stage at Leaders Week 2017
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