Leaders Announces Under 40 Class of 2019 for Leaders Sports Awards
London - Thursday 1st August, 2019.
To mark the fifth year of the Leaders Under 40 Award, and with over 450 entries from 31 different countries judged during a 9-month process, Leaders is today pleased to announce the 30 individuals that will make up the Leaders Under 40 Class of 2019. Since Leaders founded the award in 2015, it has fast become recognised for identifying the top-quality young talent in the international sport industry.
The 30 individuals who hail from 10 different countries were selected for their leadership and exceptional contribution to moving the sport industry forward. The announcement of this year’s winners means Leaders’ Under 40 alumni now stretches to over 140 industry professionals.
The entries were reviewed by an expert panel of over 100 senior industry executives from international organisations including the BBC, FIFA, Heineken, Sky, McLaren, Premier League, Paris Saint Germain FC, Arsenal FC, Formula 1, BT Sport, PUMA, Etihad Airways and many more. This was part of a rigorous judging process that was overseen by integrity partners Northridge Law.
James Worrall, Founder & CEO said: “I would like to congratulate all those who have made the Leaders Under 40 Class of 2019. These 30 sport industry professionals have all the hallmarks of being industry greats, and speak to the high-quality talent our industry has to offer. We had a record year for entries, the quality of which showcased the outstanding individuals within our industry that are shaping sport across the globe and taking it into an even better place in the future.’
The Class of 2019 will be honoured at the Leaders Sports Awards on 9 October, at London’s Natural History Museum, immediately after the 2019 Leaders Sport Business Summit, which takes place on 8 and 9 October.
Class of 2019
Abdulaziz Bin Turki Alfaisal, Chairman of the Board General Sports Authority, Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee
Ahmad Nassar, President, NFL Players Inc.
Alex Sugarman, Executive Vice President of Business Operations and Chief Strategy Officer, Chicago Cubs
Alex Rice, Chief Rights Officer, Stats Perform
Alexandra Willis, Head of Innovation and Communications, The AELTC, Wimbledon
Amy Gaskin, Head of Partnership Management, Oak View Group
Andrea Marini, President, Americas/Executive Board, Deltatre
Aykan Azar, Managing Director, South East Asia and Japan, Octagon
Benny Bonsu, Head of Women's Sports/ Sport Editor, GiveMeSport Women
Brent Schoeb, Chief Revenue Officer, San Francisco 49ers
Charlie Neiman, Principal, Live Sports, Amazon
Christian Volk, Director of eFootball and Gaming, FIFA
Craig, Levine, Global Chief Strategy Officer, ESL
Jeff Marsilio, Senior Vice President, New Media Distribution, NBA
Jennifer Alvarez, Vice President, Creative and Digital Marketing, Miami HEAT + American Airlines Arena
Jeremy Loeliger, Chief Executive Officer, National Basketball League (NBL)
Joseph Markowski, Executive Vice President, DAZN North America
Josh Smith, Director Television Services, FIFA
Katie O'Reilly, Chief Marketing Officer, Philadelphia 76ers
Kayleigh Grieve, Women's Football Marketing and Sponsorship, UEFA
Khalida Popal, Deputy Head of Women’s Football, FC Nordsjælland & Afgan Womens Football
Laura Louisy, Vice President, Rights Acquisition, DAZN
Masanori Kawana, Managing Director East Asia, Fanatics
Miheer Walavalkar, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, LiveLike
Ned Negus, Executive Vice President, Partnerships, DDMC Fortis
Nick Carter, Director of Legal and Business Affairs, City Football Group
Nuno Moura, Chief Marketing & Growth Officer, Portugal Football Federation
Rhys Beer, EMEA Sports Programming Lead, Facebook
Sabrina Buljubasic, Chief Executive Officer FK, Sarajevo
Sharon Fuller, Head of Live Content, Red Bull Media House
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