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.
Chief Brand Officer
Stephanie McMahon is the woman behind, and in front of, the curtain at WWE. After starting as an Account Executive, McMahon now sits on the WWE’s Board of Directors, following a two-decade rise through the ranks that has put her hands into virtually every facet of the business. This has included creative, talent relations, digital and her current role overseeing WWE’s brand efforts and brand reputation among investors, media, business partners and advertisers.
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).
President & Chief Executive Officer
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.
Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations
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.
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Jaymee Messler serves as President of The Players’ Tribune, a first-of-its-kind digital media company dedicated to empowering athletes with the tools they need to tell their stories. In addition to first-person essays, the platform features an array of video content, podcasts, and original photography. Messler co-founded The Players’ Tribune with Derek Jeter. She oversees the strategy and long-term vision of the business, industry relations, sales and marketing, and athlete relations. Since its launch, TPT has grown hugely with a range of athletes contributing to the platform, from the likes of Jordan Henderson to Kobe Bryant.
Frank H. McCourt Jr. is an American businessman, President of the McCourt Global group and current owner of the Los Angeles Marathon and football club Olympique de Marseille. In October 2016 he purchased the French club for 45 million Euros promising to pump 180 million Euros into the club and appointed Rudi Garcia as Manager. Between 2004 and 2012 he was Owner of the LA Dodgers and had a very controversial tenure with the team running into bankruptcy before selling the organisation for $2 billion.
The Los Angeles Marathon, one of the most popular in the world attracting people from all over the world to take part, recent success has been put down to McCourt’s ownership and the introduction of the iconic “Stadium to Sea” course with 25,000 people taking part each year.
Chief Strategy Officer & Vice President
Jennifer has recently taken the role of Chief Strategy Officer at the LA Clippers. In this role, she oversees sponsorship sales and service as well as digital and new content initiatives. They are the first big 4 team to create their own ground-breaking live-streaming network. The platform will include player-specific cameras, in-game highlights and statistics in real time. This is all about creating a great online customer experience for Clippers fans at home or on the go.
Prior to joining the Clippers, she was Vice President, Team Marketing and Business Operations at the NBA where she oversaw the sponsorship, marketing and digital content groups supporting all 30 NBA teams.
Global Chief Revenue Officer
In just over two years at Bloomberg Media, Grossman has solidified his position as a vital exec in the company. In the past year alone, Grossman, 36, has received two major promotions from publisher of Bloomberg Digital and Digital Products to Head of U.S. Sales last November, and then to Global CRO in September. Thanks to his initiatives which include; building a programmatic business from scratch, launching a B2B marketing services group, selling advertisement inventory for Bloomberg’s livestreams of the presidential debates on Twitter, Bloomberg Media’s total revenue has grown 8 percent year-on-year.
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Vice President, Marketing
Adam Zimmerman is in his first season with the Atlanta Braves and was named Vice President of Marketing in January, 2016. He is responsible for the management and strategy for all marketing and branding of the Braves, including leading consumer and digital marketing, community affairs and game entertainment for the team. Zimmerman also oversees the development of technology offerings for fans as well as the use of data analytics. Additionally, Zimmerman helps with the marketing strategy for The Battery Atlanta, the Braves new mixed-use development project adjacent to SunTrust Park.
Prior to the Braves, Zimmerman spent 18 years with CSE (formerly Career Sports and Entertainment), most recently as agency president, successfully generating new business, managing their existing portfolio and leading the award winning agency with cutting edge programs and fan engagement through technology. While at CSE, Zimmerman also crafted a partnership with MIT, and created CSE Evolve, an in-house lab to keep up on the latest technologies. Zimmerman has also taught a graduate class on sports business at the University of Georgia.
President and Chief of Brand & Strategy
Michael R. Yormark is President & Chief of Branding and Strategy for Roc Nation and responsible for marketing, branding, strategic partnerships and business development for the full-service company inclusive of artists, athletes, songwriters, music publishing, touring & merchandising, film & television, and a music label. Yormark leads the effort to create and develop optimal opportunities for the Roc Nation brand, and its roster of athletes and artists, through strategic partnerships. He is also responsible for increasing revenue and awareness for all Roc Nation brands and properties, as the company continues to set the standard for global innovation.
Michael possesses over 20 years of industry experience, most recently as President & CEO of Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, the Florida Panthers and the BB&T Center in South Florida where he was a SportsBusiness Journal Forty Under 40 winner and brokered the most lucrative naming rights partnership in BB&T Center history.
Chief Executive Officer
John is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times. He has been with the FT for more than 25 years in both editorial and executive positions. Under his stewardship the Financial Times has expanded its global operation and developed its digital channels. During his tenure, the FT has gained a wide reputation for boldness and innovation, including pioneering the metered access model.
Head of Global Sports Partnerships
Dan Reed is Facebook’s Head of Global Sports Partnerships, where he leads the company’s efforts to connect hundreds of millions of sports fans on Facebook and Instagram with their sports passions. In this role, Reed manages strategic partnerships with sports leagues, teams, athletes, broadcasters and publishers around the world to help these partners connect with fans, and build innovative social experiences that drive their business. Reed joined Facebook after a 10-year career at the National Basketball Association where, as President of the NBA Development League, he led a turnaround of the NBA’s minor league into a financially valuable property and a thriving talent development system for the NBA.
Head of Product, PlayStation Vue & Global Video Products
Daniel Myers’ is responsible for leading the product strategy and execution of services and experiences that deliver video for Sony Interactive Entertainment. He leverages the world’s best video content and most innovative technologies and serves a team that builds great video experiences for customers of PlayStation. The team creates applications and drives discovery of transactional live events, movies & TV shows, as well as subscription TV services to their customers on PlayStation consoles and across the world on popular devices. Earlier in his career Daniel was the Director of Video Cloud leading product management, development and marketing at Level 3 Communications and was a Producer in Promotions, Marketing and Video Services at Starz Entertainment.
General Manager, Arsenal Media Group
After working as an Account Director and Digital Specialist for blue chips clients such as 3M, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Norton Rose, Ben moved client side just over 8 years ago to work in Arsenal’s digital team. In this time he has delivered numerous digital projects including a major redesign of Arsenal.com and the new video site Arsenal Player, two mobile apps as well as a highly successful social media strategy. He was made General Manager of the Media Group in 2014 and now manages a team of 37 delivering official Arsenal content across digital, TV and print.
Andrea Radrizzani is Founder and Group Chairman of Aser, a global investment company that focuses on the media and sport sectors. In January 2017, through Aser, Andrea made an investment in 50 per cent of the share capital of Leeds United Football Club, making him Co-Owner of the club. Andrea Radrizzani is an experienced sports rights specialist and he was personally involved in most of MP & Silva’s rights acquisition with the major rights holders such as English Premier League, FIFA World Cup, UEFA, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Formula One, Olympic Council of Asia and others. He acted as MP & Silva Group CEO until 2013, being now involved in defining the Group’s business strategy and new special expansion projects.
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.
Business Strategy & Analytics Manager
Kevin Brilliant joined the Chicago Bulls in 2015 in a Business Strategy & Analytics role that combines behavioural science, analytics, and fan engagement. Prior to joining the Bulls, Brilliant completed his MBA at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University with a focus on behavioural economics. During his time at Duke, Brilliant joined Dan Ariely’s Center for Advanced Hindsight where he worked with Ariely and his team of researchers to study applications of behavioural economics in sports.
In December of 2015, Kevin co-founded the Duke Behavioural Science & Sports Roundtable which convened leading researchers and senior sports executives to explore behavioural science as the next frontier in sports business and fan engagement. A passionate fan of sports analytics, Kevin also helped lead a joint venture between Duke Athletics and software-giant SAP to build a first-of-its-kind-in-college-sports data visualisation tool for Duke Men’s Basketball.
Chief Marketing Officer
As Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy and Digital, Hankins oversees broadcasting, creative services, game operations, digital media, marketing and retail for the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter. Under Hankins’ leadership, the team’s digitally focused marketing campaign helped achieve franchise records in individual game ticket sales, the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter sites underwent significant responsive site redesigns, and the team has increased its outreach to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest with statewide brand activations.
In his previous role with AEG Sports, Hankins oversaw the digital efforts of AEG’s sports properties worldwide, including the LA Kings and LA Galaxy, most notably the Kings’ cutting-edge social media initiatives from 2010-13. Prior to joining AEG, he spent time with the Minnesota Wild and Miami Marlins. Hankins currently serves on the NBA Team Marketing Advisory Board, the development committee for the Right Brain Initiative and as a board member for Special Olympics Oregon. A native of Lockport, Ill., Hankins is a 2002 graduate of Iowa State University, where he majored in communications.
After graduating with a Master of Business Studies from Massey University in New Zealand, Kit joined the International Olympic Committee Sport Department in 1996 then moved to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Organising Committee in 1998 and 1999 as Manager, Sport Operations. He re-joined the IOC as Manager, Sport Operations from 2000-2002, focusing on the delivery of sport at Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
In 2003, Kit joined the International Rugby Board (IRB) and following the Rugby World Cup Tournament (RWC) 2003 headed the newly formed RWC Department. Since 2004 he has been the Head of Rugby World Cup and RWC Tournament Director, overseeing Rugby World Cup Ltd’s operational delivery of France 2007, New Zealand 2011 and RWC 2015. His team has also managed the tenders for the RWC 2011, RWC 2015 and RWC 2019 events, the delivery of RWC Sevens 2009 in Dubai and RWC Sevens 2013 in Russia and Women’s RWCs in 2006 and 2010. After 10 years with the IRB, in 2014 he took up his post in the IOC.
Senior Vice President, Field & Technical Operations
With over two decades of experience in sports television, Michael Davies serves as Senior Vice President, Technical and Field Operations at FOX Sports. He manages all day-to-day aspects of live broadcast operations and oversees integration of new and emerging technologies for FOX Sports and FS1, specialising in technical production and innovation for large sporting events. Michael has won multiple Sports Emmy Awards for his work with both FOX Sports and HBO including technical team remotes for NASCAR, MLB and NFL coverage and long-form sports programming.