| Oct 27, 2014

The nomination process for the Leaders Under 40 Awards is now open, with applications being welcomed from around the world from anyone who knows someone really driving change and development and helping to move the sports industry forward. Individuals can also put themselves forward for an award.

Leaders and event partner Aspire Academy are committing significant funds to the search, evaluation and selection of the best talent in the business of sport globally each year.

The award categories cover a number of professions within the global world of sport including: Sales/ Commercial, Leadership/ Governance/ Strategy, Marketing/Communications, Brand/Sponsorship, Digital/Technology and Media/Broadcasting as well as one Inspiring Leadership Award.

Entries will close at midnight on 30th June 2015 and, in line with our aim to recognise the industry’s rising stars, all nominees must be under 40 year of age. Nominations can be made below:

Award winners will be decided by a host of influential judges including, amongst others: Bruce Buck, Chairman, Chelsea FC; Boutros Boutros, Divisional Senior Vice President Corporate Communications, Marketing and Brand, Emirates Airline; Scott O’Neill, President, Philadelphia 76’ers and New Jersey Devils; Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO, Women’s Tennis Association; Ivan Gazidis, Chief Executive, Arsenal FC; Brett Yormark, President, Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Centre; Michel D’Hooghe, Executive Committee Member, FIFA; Sarah Lewis, General Secretary, International Ski Federation; Peter Moore, Chief Operating Officer, EA; Alex Horne, General Secretary, The FA; Matt Cutler, Editor, Sport Business International; Garry Cook, Global EVP, UFC; Moya Dodd, Vice President, Asian Football Confederation; Ian Ayre, Chief Executive, Liverpool FC; Simon Bazalgette, Chief Executive, The Jockey Club; Jeffrey Webb, President, CONCACAF & Executive Committee Member, FIFA; and Ivan Bravo, Director General, Aspire Academy.

The inaugural awards will be taking place in October 2015 where the award winners will be announced. These winners will also be profiled at the 2015 Leaders Sport Business Summit and will also be featured by the Leaders Under 40 Awards Media Partner, Sport Business International, in a special edition of Sport Business magazine.

James Worrall, CEO, Leaders commented: “The sports industry has some really talented individuals working relentlessly to keep driving it forward and the Leaders Under 40 Awards are a wonderful way for us to recognise them. Everyone knows someone doing great things and we’re really keen for people to get involved and nominate someone who’s really working hard to make their mark on the industry.”

The Leaders Under 40 Awards is an invitation only awards ceremony with only 200 spaces available. For further information about the awards, or to enquire about opportunities to get involved, please get in touch with a member of the team on +44 (0) 207 042 8666 or email [email protected].

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