Bob Bowman

Bob Bowman
Chief Executive Officer
MLB Advanced Media

Bowman is President and CEO of MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the internet and interactive media unit of Major League Baseball. Equally owned by MLB’s 30 teams, MLBAM currently has a value of around $6billion and sits at number 9 in Forbes’ Fab 40 of the World’s Most Valuable Sports Brands. Prior to joining MLBAM in 2000, Bob was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cyberian Outpost, Inc., an online retailer of computers and electronics and, before this, he held several senior management positions at ITT Corporation, a multibillion dollar organisation that owned Madison Square Garden and the New York Knicks. Earlier in his career, he served for eight years as Treasurer of the State of Michigan and was the youngest such officeholder in the country.

Mark Tatum

Mark Tatum
Deputy Commissioner & Chief Operating Officer
National Basketball Association

Mark has a strong track record of success. During the 15 years that he’s been at the NBA, he has overseen the NBA’s marketing partnerships business across the NBA, WNBA, NBA Development League and USA Basketball; managed the league's media sales, including sales of NBA TV,, and other NBA-controlled media; and led the sales relationships with the league's TV partners. Recently promoted to Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer, Mark is now responsible for overseeing an array of NBA’s business operations, including the Global Marketing Partnerships, Global Operations and Merchandising, and Team Marketing and Business Operations departments.


Mark Lazarus
NBC Sports

Mark is responsible for partnerships with some of the most prestigious properties in sports including: the IOC, USOC, NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, USGA, PGA of America, Premier League, Notre Dame, Churchill Downs, and MLS. Lazarus was integral in NBCUniversal’s acquisition of media rights to four Olympic Games; its landmark 10-year NASCAR agreement starting in 2015; its nine-year NFL agreement; and its 10-year NHL agreement. Under Lazarus’ leadership, Sunday Night Football was the most-watched, highest-rated show for the third season running; made Super Bowl XLVI the most-watched programme in US television history at the time; and helped the 2012 London Olympic Games become the most-watched event in US television history.

Dave Howard

Dave Howard
MSG Sports

Dave has been president of MSG Sports since April 2013, where he takes responsibility for running the business operations of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Liberty and Hartford Whale, as well as the management of The Madison Square Garden Company's Sports Properties unit. Prior to this, he spent 20 years at the New York Mets where he served as Executive Vice President of business operations, overseeing all business departments, including ticket sales & services, corporate sales & partnerships, marketing & communications, broadcasting, media relations, venue services, ballpark operations, guest experience and security. Whilst at the Mets, he played a key role in moving the team from Shea Stadium to Citi Field.

Don Garber

Don Garber
Major League Soccer

As well as being Commissioner, Garber is CEO of Soccer United Marketing as well as a member of the United States Soccer Federation board of directors. Garber has spent his entire career in the sports industry, working in a variety of capacities in marketing, television and league administration. He spent 16 year with the National Football League and has received numerous industry honours with the Los Angeles Times naming him as one of the top sports commissioners.

Vivek Ranadivé

Vivek Ranadivé
Sacramento Kings

With a team value of $550million, the Sacramento Kings are currently number 16 in Forbes’ list of NBA team valuations. Alongside owning the multi-million dollar team, Vivek is an entrepreneur, technology visionary, author and philanthropist. He remains CEO and Chairman of TIBCO Software Inc., a technology company that he founded in 1997 that now has a revenue run rate of over a billion dollars and is one of the fastest-growing software companies in its peer group. Vivek has authored three New York Times best-selling and globally best-selling books and, as a native of Bombay, India, he hopes to take basketball to the country and make it the global sport of the 21st century.


Jörg Wacker
Executive Board Member for Internationalisation and Strategy
FC Bayern Munich

Jörg took up his position as Executive Board Member for Internationalisation and Strategy at Bayern Munich in July 2013. The club is the third biggest in the world, with a 2012-13 revenue of €431.2million and, as one of 5 board members, Jörg is at the forefront of the club’s push to grow the Bayern brand abroad. Prior to taking up his position on the Board, Jörg has spent the last seven years as director of bwin Deutschland and CEO of SportCASA GmbH. He was previously managing director of Sport1 GmbH and began his career as a sports journalist.

Leaders Football 234

Bruce Buck
Chelsea FC

Buck has been Chairman of Chelsea Football Club since February 2004 and a Director since July 2003. A loyal Chelsea supporter, he has held a season ticket at Chelsea FC since the early 1990s. He is on the Audit and Remuneration Committee of the FA Premier League as well as on the League’s Legal Advisory Group. Bruce is a partner in the prominent international law firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions and also supervises the firm’s seven European offices. In 2012 he was named in The Times list of the UK's most influential lawyers.

Sunil Gulati

Sunil Gulati
US Soccer Federation and Member of FIFA Executive Committee

Gulati was elected president in 2006 and has been described as the “single most important person in the development of soccer in the US”. As well as this role, in April 2013, Gulati was elected to a four year term on the FIFA Executive Committee. Prior to his election he served as Vice President for six years. In 2012 Gulati was the spearhead of the formation of the new professional women’s soccer league in the US, which saw great developments in paying the salaries of national team players.


Previous speakers include:

  • Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive Officer, WPP Group
  • Greg Dyke, Chairman, The Football Association
  • Austin Lally, President, Braun
  • Peter Moore, Chief Operating Officer, Electronic Arts
  • Lorenzo Fertitta, Chairman and CEO, Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Brett Yormark, Chief Executive Officer, Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center
  • Andrew Miller, VP Corporate Marketing & Communications, AON
  • Dan Cobley, Managing Director (UK & Ireland), Google
  • Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive, BT
  • Stefan Mennerich, Director New Media, Media Rights & IT, FC Bayern München
  • Glenn Brown, Director, Promoted Content and Sponsorships, Twitter
  • Ken Fuchs, Head of Entertainment, Sports and Games, Yahoo!
  • John Dougherty, Director of Marketing, Microsoft Windows
  • John Angelos, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Baltimore Orioles
  • Kristof Fahy, Chief Marketing Officer, William Hill
  • Marc Jenkins, Vice President of Digital Media, NASCAR
  • Dídac Lee, Director – Technology, FC Barcelona
  • Henning Stiegenroth, Head of Sports Marketing, Deutsche Telekom
  • Tom Bender, General Manager, DFL – Bundesliga Digital Sports
  • Andrea Agnelli, President, Juventus FC
  • Perkins Miller, EVP Digital Media, WWE
  • Jean-Claude Blanc, General Director, Paris Saint-Germain
  • Barney Francis, Managing Director, Sky Sports
  • Umberto Gandini, Organising Director, AC Milan
  • Eelco van der Noll, Global Director of Sports and Entertainment, AB InBev
  • Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman, Hublot
  • Raymond van Niekerk, Chief Marketing Officer, Investec
  • Kevin Roberts, Global CEO, Saatchi and Saatchi
  • Rob Flemming, Head of Sponsorship, SAB Miller
  • Laurent Colette, Chief Marketing Officer, FC Barcelona
  • Marc Audrit, Global Brand Director, Western Union
  • Shahid Khan, Owner, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Claude Ruibal, Global Head of Sports Content Partnerships, YouTube
  • Olivier Robert-Murphy, Global Head of New Business, Universal Music Group
  • Jeremy Darroch, CEO, BSkyB
  • Gianni Infantino, General Secretary, UEFA
  • Bob Bowman, President,
  • Tim Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG
  • Richard Scudamore, CEO, The Premier League
  • Jed York, President/Owner, San Francisco 49ers
  • and many more….