London – Sports Decision Makers Summit July 2019

Lumme, Ridgeon and Zagklis to deliver keynotes as sports leaders line up for Sports Decision Makers Summit in London

Timo Lumme, managing director of television and marketing services at the International Olympic Committee will be joined by leaders of world sport, including IAAF chief executive Jon Ridgeon and Andreas Zagklis, secretary general of basketball’s world governing body Fiba, as part of an outstanding speaker line-up at the London edition of the Sports Decision Makers Summit on July 9 and 10.

The Summit, to be held at the Rosewood Hotel, High Holborn, brings together some of the most influential leaders in sport for two days of authoritative and stimulating keynote sessions and insightful panel discussions designed to deliver the intelligence that members of the C-suite audience need to make smarter business decisions.

Organised around a series of business-critical subject strands, the Sports Decision Makers Summit ushers in a new era of tightly-focused, data-driven events, designed exclusively for the people whose decisions shape the future of sport.

As managing director of the IOC’s television and marketing services, Lumme is responsible for the sale of all broadcast rights to the Olympic Games, the negotiation and sale of Worldwide Olympic Partnerships as well as the management of the IOC’s global sponsorship programme. He has one of the most distinguished CVs in the sports sector, having worked for the IMG agency, Nike and ESPN.

As an athlete, Jon Ridgeon competed in two Olympic Games and won a world championship silver medal in the 110m hurdles before embarking on a career in broadcasting and sports marketing.

In 1998, he was a founding partner of International Sports Marketing agency Fast Track, where he held a range of roles, including chief executive, before leaving in 2012, to become a director of Achieve Events, where he helped build the mass participation events business to the point of acquisition by Virgin.

Ridgeon became chief executive of World Athletics in March.

Andreas Zagklis joined Fiba in 2016 as legal director after having acted for 9 years as its external legal advisor. He became secretary general in December last year and leads this sport into the ground-breaking Fiba World Cup in China later this year.

During his career he has advised basketball players, coaches and clubs and acted as assistant to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in three Olympic Games (2004, 2006, 2008).

He was instrumental in the growth of the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), supervising more than 1,000 basketball-related cases, as well as in the governance changes adopted by the extraordinary Fiba Congress in 2014.

The Sports Decision Makers Summit agenda will embrace media, sponsorship, the gameday experience, fan engagement, esports and finance.

Discussion and debate will be given context and direction by exclusive data drawn from a major research project to gauge the preferences and attitudes of 10,000 sports fans in the world’s most important sports markets, enabling the Sports Decision Makers Summit series to deliver on their promise to deliver unmatched value.

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More top-level speakers announced as the Sports Decision Makers Summit London programme goes live

Peter Faricy, head of direct-to-consumer at media giants Discovery, Steve Davis, president of Fanatics International, Andrew Hampel, chief executive of Legends International and Gfinity chief executive Garry Cook have joined the A-list speaker line-up for the London edition of the Sports Decision Makers Summit on July 9 and 10.

They join previously announced speakers Timo Lumme, managing director of television and marketing at the International Olympic Committee, IAAF chief executive Jon Ridgeon and Andreas Zagklis, secretary general of basketball’s world governing body Fiba, and a host of other C-suite executives and influencers at a blue chip event designed for those whose decisions shape world sport.

The Summit, at The Rosewood Hotel in High Holborn, will deliver two days of authoritative and stimulating keynote addresses and insightful panel discussions designed to deliver the intelligence members of the C-suite audience need to make smarter business decisions.

Organised around a series of business-critical subject strands, the Sports Decision Makers Summit ushers in a new era of tightly-focused, data-driven events, designed exclusively for the people whose decisions shape the future of sport.

The Sports Decision Makers Summit agenda will embrace media, sponsorship, the game day experience, fan engagement, esports and finance.

Other speakers include:

Sponsorship: Guillaume Sabran, Uefa; Murray Barnett, Formula One; and Michael Flynn, chief executive of DataPowa.

Media: Bhavesh Patel, global digital director, beIN Media; Stefan Kuerten, executive director, Eurovision Sport; and Tony Singh, chief commercial officer, England and Wales Cricket Board.

The Game Day Experience: Michael Cole, chief technology officer, E European tour and Ryder Cup; Paul Samuels, executive vice-president, Anschutz Entertainment Group; and Christopher Lee, managing director, Populous.

Fan Engagement: Sarah Lewis, secretary general, International Ski Federation; and Gareth Balch, chief executive, Two Circles.

Finance: Keith Harris, director, Everton FC; Majid Ishaq, managing director, Rothschild; and Jonny Nye, managing director, 23 Capital.

Esports: Ralf Reichardt, chief executive, ESL; Alban Dechelotte, Riot Games; and Nicholas Bescombes, esport advisor to the Global Association of International Sports Federations.

Discussion and debate will be given context and direction by exclusive data drawn from a major research project to gauge the preferences and attitudes of 10,000 sports fans in the world’s most important sports markets enabling Sports Decision Makers Summit series to deliver on their promise to deliver unmatched value.

The detailed agenda and full event information are now available at www.sportsdecisionmakers.com.

FIS seceretary general Sarah Lewis anticipating fan engagement discussion at Sports Decision Makers Summit, London

Latest developments in fan engagement strategy development and delivery come under the spotlight in London next month when Sarah Lewis, secretary general of the International Ski Federation (FIS) is joined by Two Circles chief executive Gareth Balch and Russell James, digital engagement director at the Football Association for one of the highlight session at the Sports Decision Makers Summit London on July 9.

With access to deeper and more meaningful data and the ability to target fans in new and more personalised ways, the session looks beyond cookie-cutter approaches to fan engagement to discuss the importance of creativity and technology in creating not only deeper but more profitable engagement with fans.

Competition for fans’ time and attention has never been more intense, putting a real premium on effective fan engagement programmes.

“The development of a direct relationship and interaction with the 15 million followers of the FIS disciplines is an important asset for development of digital activity as well as for commercial activities with sponsors and partners,” said Sarah Lewis.

“Through the FIS digital strategy, the objective is to create an ecosystem to serve skiing viewers and fans which will open up new commercial opportunities for the stakeholders through data driven sponsorships and direct consumer monetisation as a result of the connected skiing ecosystem. I’m sure there will be many valuable perspectives presented at the Summit and engaged discussions.”

The Summit, at The Rosewood hotel, High Holborn on July 9 and 10, will deliver two days of authoritative and stimulating keynote addresses and insightful panel discussions designed to deliver the intelligence members of the C-suite audience need to make smarter business decisions.

Organised around a series of business-critical subject strands, the Sports Decision Makers Summit ushers in a new era of tightly focused, data-driven events, designed exclusively for the people whose decisions shape the future of sport.

The Sports Decision Makers Summit agenda will embrace media, sponsorship, the Game Day Experience, Fan Engagement, eSports and Finance.

Other speakers include:

Sponsorship: Guillaume Sabran, head of sponsorship and licensing at Uefa; Murray Barnett, head of sponsorship and commercial partnerships at Formula One; and Michael Flynn, chief executive of DataPowa.

Media: Bhavesh Patel, global head of digital at beIN Media; Stefan Kuerten, executive director at Eurovision Sport; and Tony Singh, chief commercial officer at the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The Game Day Experience: Michael Cole, chief technology officer at the E European tour and Ryder Cup; Paul Samuels, senior vice-president at Anschutz Entertainment Group; and Christopher Lee, partner at Populous.

Finance: Keith Harris, football dealmaker and director at Everton FC; Majid Ishaq, managing director at NM Rothschild & Sons; Jonny Nye, managing director of 23 Capital.

Esports: Ralph Reichardt, chief executive of ESL; Alban Dechelotte, head of sponsorship & business development, EU Esport at Riot Games; and Nicholas Bescombes, Esport advisor to the Global Association of International Sports Federations.

Discussion and debate will be given context and direction by exclusive data drawn from a major research project to gauge the preferences and attitudes of 10,000 sports fans in the world’s most important sports markets enabling Sports Decision Makers Summit series to deliver on their promise to deliver unmatched value.

The detailed agenda and full event information are now available at www.sportsdecisionmakers.com.

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