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Opportunities are erupting across the sports landscape. With technology titans vying for scarce consumer attention, sports leaders are finding new ways to inspire the passion, and allegiance of fans. Backed by unprecedented analytical capabilities, franchises are reflecting the complexity of their fans to usher in a new era of sustained growth.
Celebrating it 8th year, the Business of Sport Summit is a prestigious event that congregates local and international business leaders from all sectors of the sports industry. Uniting all the key industry stakeholders, it is the ideal platform to unlock the competitive edge to lead and succeed in 2019.
This event features an ambitious, business-focused sports agenda with over 40 C-Suite perspectives from the highest levels of the Sports industry in Australia. In a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from local and international sports executives.
// 12 Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ Industry speakers
// 250+ Executives
// 5 Star networking environment
Chief Executive Officer
Todd Greenberg is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Rugby League (NRL), as well as a director of the Rugby League International Federation and a director of Touch Football Australia. The NRL runs the world’s premier rugby league competition, the Telstra Premiership, comprising 16 men’s teams across Australia and New Zealand. In late 2017, Todd announced an NRL Holden Women’s Premiership would commence in 2018, consisting of four NRL Clubs in the inaugural year (the Broncos, Dragons, Roosters and Warriors.) Outside of domestic competitions, Todd is also responsible for the overall success of both national teams – the Australian Kangaroos (male) and the Harvey Norman Jillaroos (female), together with the success of annual Holden State of Origin men’s and women’s matches. Todd was promoted to CEO in March 2016, having been the NRL’s Head of Football for the previous three years. Prior to his time at the NRL, Todd held several distinguished roles, including six years as CEO of the Canterbury‐Bankstown Bulldogs and seven years as General Manager of Commercial Operations at ANZ Stadium – one of the premier stadiums in Australia and home of the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Todd leads a senior executive team at the NRL who are responsible for delivering one of the most watched and talked about sports in Australia daily, with one of the largest participation footprints of any major sporting code in the country. Among other achievements, Todd has been a passionate Australia Day ambassador since 2010 and is a New South Wales Sports Administrator of the Year recipient. Todd holds a Bachelor of Sports Science degree from the University of New South Wales, together with a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Vice President - International Partnerships
Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues (USA)
As Vice President of International Partnerships for Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues, Jack Harari is responsible for the commercialization of Activision’s and Blizzard Entertainment’s esports programs outside of the United States. Jack’s responsibilities include commercial partnerships across key revenue verticals of the organization for sponsorship, media rights and content licensing, and consumer products for both esports leagues and programs around the world. The esports leagues include the Overwatch League and Call of Duty World League, and other esports programs encompass Blizzard Entertainment’s franchises Hearthstone, StarCraft, and World of Warcraft. Prior to joining Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues, Jack spent nearly five years at the NBA, where he was most recently Associate Vice President of International Business Development, Global Partnerships. Before his time at the NBA, Jack held various positions over the course of seven years in ad sales at CBS Television in New York. Jack started his career at Omnicom’s ad agency OMD in New York
Gabrielle Valdez Dow|
Vice President Marketing & Fan Engagement
Green Bay Packers (USA)
Gabrielle Dow, possessor of 24 years of diverse experience across professional sports, entertainment and venues, is in her fifth year as the Packers’ vice president of marketing and fan engagement.
Dow, who was named to the position on May 12, 2014, oversees the Packers’ retail operations, digital and broadcast, marketing, brand engagement, business research and analytics, and game presentation.
In her four years with the Packers, Dow and her team have enhanced the gameday experience with a variety of new elements in Lambeau Field, including the use of pyrotechnics and a revamped music selection, along with “Get Loud Lambeau,” a fan-engagement campaign that encourages game attendees to support and energize the players and coaches. Dow also introduced a new fan-spirit initiative, “Green and Gold Friday,” enhancing the fan tradition of wearing Packers colors and gear to work, school and in the community each Friday to ramp up support and enthusiasm for the team. Additionally, Dow and her team are leading the Packers’ 100 Seasons celebration of the team’s rich history, which includes the club’s 100th season in 2018 and will be capped by the franchise’s 100th birthday on Aug. 11, 2019.
“Gabrielle has been a great addition to the Packers,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said. “Her experience and new initiatives have been excellent for the organization and our fans. She’s had an immediate impact in revenue areas, including the Packers Pro Shop. We look forward to her continued work in enhancing the connection with our fans and in their experience following and supporting the team.”
Dow joined the Packers from the Baltimore Ravens, where she had served as vice president of marketing for eight years, a position in which she oversaw the team’s marketing, promotions, sponsor activations, brand management, game entertainment and fan-affinity efforts. With the Ravens, Dow created successful fan initiatives such as “Purple,” a first-ever female fan club that has grown to 25,000 members, and launched the Ravens’ own “Purple Friday” campaign, creating an engaging Baltimore tradition that kids and fans of all ages participate in every Friday during the football season.
Dow’s other professional sports experience includes two years (2003-05) with the NHL’s Florida Panthers, where she directed the marketing of hockey, concerts and family entertainment, and four years (1999-2002) with AEG, marketing the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, as well as the Staples Center, Kodak Theatre and The Forum.
The 46-year-old Dow was honored as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Maryland Daily Record in recognition of her professional accomplishments, community leadership and commitment to mentoring. Additionally, in March 2014 she received an Executive Management Award by SmartCEO, an award that honors executives who have gone above and beyond to support and lead their organizations.
Dow also teaches a sports marketing and innovation MBA course to graduate students at St. Norbert College in nearby De Pere, Wis.
Born Oct. 18, 1971, in San Francisco, Dow earned her bachelor’s, MBA and law degrees from the University of Oregon. She and her husband, Jeff, a Port Washington, Wis., native, have maintained strong ties to Wisconsin, as Jeff’s parents live in Port Washington and his extended family runs a dairy farm in Lomira, Wis. The couple has a daughter, Danielle, 13, and a son, Jackson, 9.
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Campbell has worked in the media industry for over 20 years. He has worked for sporting governing bodies and media companies, including the AFL, Southern Cross Broadcasting, Seven Network and Foxtel. Joining FOX SPORTS as Chief Commercial Officer in 2017, Peter led the negotiations for the 2018 – 2024 Broadcast and Digital Rights negotiations with Cricket Australia, a moment that heralded the end of Channel 9’s four-decade run of cricket coverage. In 2018, he was promoted to Head of FOX SPORTS. As General Manager of AFL Media from 2013 – 2017, Peter was responsible for the AFL’s Digital Media businesses, film archive and photographic business, video licensing/ archive and production business, and commercial advertising and print publications. He was also part of the Executive team which negotiated the 2017 – 2022 Broadcast and Digital Rights agreement with Telstra, News Corporation and the Seven Network. Peter’s career with Foxtel commenced in 1999, where he held a diverse range of roles. As Foxtel’s Executive in Charge of Sport, he negotiated and led the coverage of major international sporting events, such as the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, for which Foxtel was awarded a Logie in 2013 for the Most Outstanding Sporting Broadcast for its coverage of the London Games. During this period, Peter was also involved in the commercial negotiation and implementation of licensed 3rd party channel providers to Foxtel, which included Foxtel’s leading sports channel partners, FOX SPORTS, ESPN, BeIN and Eurosport. He also negotiated the AFL Rights Agreement for Foxtel, for the 2002 – 2006, 2007 – 2011 and 2012 – 2016 periods. From 1997 – 1999, Peter was the General Manager of the Seven Network’s Pan Asian broadcast service, Australia Television.
Head of Global Sponsorship & Commercial Partnerships
Formula One (UK)
Murray is a Sports Marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience in Media, Marketing & Sponsorship worldwide. He has uniquely worked for sports leagues, governing bodies, TV/media companies and sports marketing agencies. Starting out in Italy and Hungary with Orbit and Nethold respectively, Murray worked on two international TV start-ups in marketing, sales and programming capacities. Upon leaving Hungary, he was employed by NBA Europe to manage marketing partnerships & programme development with NBA Broadcast partners. From there he was headhunted by ISL to manage TV accounts for FIBA basketball and Fina swimming.
Amongst ISL TV’s sales portfolio were also IAAF, FIFA and ATP Tennis which Murray sold across a number of European territories. From there, he was asked to join ESPN to launch their European TV Sales operations which included 3 channel brands and over 10,000 hours of content sales. Murray was also part of the launch team for ESPN UK which broadcast English Premier League, Rugby and US Sports for four seasons.
After 11 years at ESPN, Murray was recruited for the role of Chief Commercial Officer at World Rugby, the governing body for the sport. His many responsibilities include all TV sales, content development, sponsorship & commercial agreements, licensing and hospitality. Following the change of ownership at F1, Murray was asked to join the management team as Director of Global Sponsorship & Commercial Partnerships tasked with developing and growing commercial opportunities for partners within F1.
Murray is a Sports Marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience in Media, Marketing & Sponsorship worldwide. Starting his career at a couple of International Pay TV operations, Murray transitioned into sports working for broadcasters, agencies and sporting bodies. He was worked on some of the biggest sporting brands including ATP, FIFA, NBA, ESPN and Rugby World Cup. When Liberty acquired F1, Murray was one of the new team and is responsible for sponsorship and commercial partnerships.
Head of Global Market Management & Distribution
Allianz SE (GER)
Jean-Marc Pailhol was appointed Head of Group Market Management and Distribution of Allianz Group in March 2016. He began his career at the Banque Populaire. After 3 years as Marketing Director, he joined the Internal Audit Department. A few years later he was promoted Strategy and Development Director for the South West region, before becoming in 2001, Retail Banking Group Director, responsible for the strategy and business development of the Private individual sector. After 15 years with the Banque Populaire, Jean-Marc joined the Groupe La Poste in 2004 as Commercial and Marketing Director for the financial services. In charge of the commercial part of the project, he was one of the key drivers in the creation of La Banque Postale in 2006 and was promoted Director of the Postal Banking business. The Postal Bank became the first French Retail bank in 2008 with 13 millions of active clients when he decided to leave the Postal Group to join Corporate Values Associates in Paris as Partner. Jean-Marc led the FSI team for Europe and Africa. From 2009 to 2015 Jean-Marc was a Member of the Board of Management of Allianz France holding the position of Head of the Distribution Unit and Head of Commercial Business. Amongst his responsibilities was the network management, the distribution and partnership strategy and the full commercial ecosystem for SMEs and Midcorp including the technical and underwriting area, prevention and claims management. He has contributed in a number of conferences as an expert in banking and insurance strategy, network optimization, human resources, commercial policies, operational implementation and postal financial services. Jean-Marc holds a Master of Law and Political Science and is a graduate from the French Business School ESSEC. In 2017 he was decorated with the “Legion d’honneur” by the French Minister of Economy and Commerce.
Head of Communications, Content & Digital
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) (UK)
Alexandra has achieved industry-wide recognition in her use of technology to transform the perceptions of a traditional brand in her role at Wimbledon, building an award-winning digital and communications strategy that has grown Wimbledon’s global digital audiences to over 30 million, more than doubled commercial return, and is at the heart of the long-term future of the brand.
Through the combination of a content-first, platform second approach, a data-led audience strategy, and placing value on consistent innovation as well as continuous evolution, Alexandra has led Wimbledon to become one of the most well-respected digital brands in sport. A WEF Young Global Shaper, she was named one of the British Interactive Media Association’s (BIMA) 100 for 2018.
Chief Operating Officer
World Rugby (IRE)
Alan Gilpin is the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Rugby World Cup at World Rugby, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the globally-renowned Rugby World Cup brand, including the preparations and delivery for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan and planning for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.
Previously a lawyer, and with a strong track record in sport and business, Alan has been involved in the management and delivery of Rugby World Cup since 2001 in a number of roles.
Alan joined World Rugby from his previous role as Chief Operating Officer of official hospitality provider, Prestige Ticketing Ltd, where he oversaw the award-winning hospitality programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Prior to the London 2012 role, Alan spent nine years with IMG, including responsibility for commercial rights negotiation across Rugby World Cup 2003, 2007 and 2011.
Chief Executive Officer
National Basketball League
Jeremy Loeliger was appointed General Manager of the National Basketball League from 1 July 2015, and Chief Executive Officer from 2016. Since that time Mr Loeliger has overseen the League’s commercial transformation, establishing the foundations for a successful and sustainable future for professional basketball in Australia. Before joining the NBL, Mr Loeliger was a partner of a national law firm, practising corporate and commercial law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets, but also including a successful niche sports law practice. Mr Loeliger also sits on the Executive Committee of the Victorian Chapter of the Australia China Business Council, and is a champion of Sino-Australian trade and the important role of sports diplomacy
Chief Commercial Officer
Andrew is responsible for the Game’s revenue streams including sponsorship, events, major games, licensing and marketing the Game at the elite and grassroots level. His responsibilities include driving growth in both corporate and consumer markets and the delivery of the Game’s brand and marketing strategy. Previously, Andrew was a Director for Deloitte Consulting in Sydney, where he focused on strategy and operations consulting and prior to that he was a Partner for Deloitte Corporate Finance in South Africa.
Foundation for Sports Integrity
Jaimie Fuller is the Executive Chairman of international sportswear brand, SKINS, and an internationally recognised campaigner for improved sports governance and anti-corruption in sport. He is also the Chairman of the SKINS Foundation for Sports Integrity.
Armed with a brand identity of truth and integrity, and driven by the SKINS ethos, ‘Fuelling the true Spirit of Competition”, Jaimie has taken on sporting giants, unafraid to speak out against the corruption and modern-day slavery he sees behind the 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium developments in Qatar, to the doping scandals plaguing the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Jaimie is the founder of #ChangeCyclingNow which led to initial governance reform following the Lance Armstrong revelations in 2013 and resulted in the deposition of the then-president of Union Cycliste Internationale, Pat McQuaid. He is also the cofounder of #NewFIFANow which has pressured FIFA, its sponsors and broadcasters for fundamental change in the world football governance for more than three years.
Jaimie has been featured across major media mastheads, radio and television in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia and has spoken at public forums and conferences in Australia, Denmark, Ireland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA.
Marina Go is Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club, Chair of Office Brands, a non-executive director of Energy Australia, Autosports Group, 7-Eleven and The Walkley Foundation, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre For Media Transition at the University of Technology Sydney, and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders. She is also on the Advisory Boards of the Australian Republic Movement and Background, an innovative creative agency startup, and was previously Head of Hearst Australia at Bauer Media. Boss magazine named her as one of 20 True Leaders of 2016. Marina has over 25 years of leadership experience in the media industry, having started her career as a journalist. She has an MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management and is the mother of two sons.
Chief Digital Officer
Alex leads NRL Digital – the NRL’s recently re-launched and fast growing digital network. Alongside his great team, Alex works closely with the Code’s 16 Clubs, two State bodies as well as the NRL’s digital partner, Telstra, and media partners, Nine, Fox Sports and Sky NZ; to engage and grow the NRL’s local, national and international audiences. In his time at the NRL, Alex has also worked across the Code’s broadcast and strategy portfolios. Prior to the NRL, Alex advised national and international media and sports organisations in his capacity as a management consultant and lawyer.
Chief Executive Officer
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Blake joined the Rabbitohs as Chief Executive Officer in May 2016. The Rabbitohs are Sydney’s biggest NRL club; with Membership of over 30,000, an ambitious Corporate Partnership program and a ground breaking community foundation in Souths Cares.
Prior to joining the Rabbitohs, Blake was the General Manager of the Super League, the UK’s premier Rugby League competition with broadcast, sponsorship and event revenues of over £40million per annum. Blake has also studied at Wharton School of Business and IESE School of Business.
Chief Commercial Officer
Football Federation Australia
Chief Executive Officer
Gfinity Esports Australia
Dominic has over 20 years’ experience in the sport, entertainment, media and marketing fields, including successful senior management positions with Cricket NSW, Sony Pictures, Glaxo SmithKline and SC Johnson. He was a founding member of the Male Champions of Change Sport and former General Manager of the Sydney Sixers in the BBL and WBBL before making the move into esports in February 2018 and currently CEO Gfinity Esports Australia.
Chief Executive Officer
Sydney Football Club
Danny Townsend was one of the co-founders of sports and entertainment intelligence and measurement agency, Repucom International which was acquired by global research and data company, Nielsen Holdings in 2016. During his time at Repucom and more recently as Global Managing Director of Nielsen Sport, Danny has advised major brands and sporting bodies such as PepsiCo, Emirates Airline, Mastercard, Redbull, the NBA, the NFL, English Premier League and many professional sports franchises on how to maximise returns on sports marketing initiatives. In 2017, Danny returned to Australia to take up the role of Chief Executive Office at Sydney FC where he has overseen significant growth in the clubs corporate partnership base. In 2016, Danny was recognized by Sports Business Journal in the United States as one of the 40 most influential sports executives in the world under 40 and the following year received similar recognition by Leaders in Sport in Europe.
Vice President, Australia & New Zealand
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Director of Sports Sales
Seven West Media
Pat Moloughney grew up in Australia’s sporting capital, Melbourne. For the last 16 years he has been at the forefront of the commercialisation of sporting events and broadcasts whilst at International Management Group and Seven West Media. After four years in Sydney and recently completing an Executive Master of Business Administration, Pat and his family have returned to his hometown of Melbourne once again.
Whilst the landscape of the media industry globally will continue to evolve, what has remained constant is the need to find connections with brand, consumer / viewer and content. The unique relationship with a sporting audience (whether fan or casual fan) and broadcaster can be enhanced through engaging and informative editorial. It is in this area that Pat and his team enjoy the challenge of commercialising with relevance for the audience watching and the brands seeking to engage. It is a balancing act that if overdone, will see a highly passionate fan-base turn an instant. Get it right, it’s a marvelous thing to be a part of.
Head of Community, Player Development and Women’s Football
Football Federation Australia
Emma Highwood is the Head of Community, Football Development and Women’s Football at Football Federation Australia, the largest participation sport in Australia. Emma has worked at FFA for 7 years in different roles, working in game and club development positions, and co-ordinating FFA’s key game development partnerships with State and Territory Member Federations, including the implementation of the National Premier Leagues model. She was the project leader of the MyFootballClub web portal, which is now the biggest sports registration database in Australia. Emma was instrumental in the development and launch of FFA’s Women’s Football Strategy, which sets out to establish football as the most appealing and successful women’s sport in Australia. Emma worked for the English FA developing the game at the grassroots, prior to moving into a role at Sport England and holds an MA in Sports Management from Northumberland University. Football has always been a lifelong passion of Emma’s which was ignited when she started playing at a young age, she went on to play for Millwall, Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers. Emma enjoued coaching and had the pleasure of coaching the first ever Australian Women Homeless World Cup team in 2008, an event which is aligned to her own belief that Sport has the potential to change lives.
General Manager of Growth, Digital and Audience
With over 18 years’ experience working in the AFL industry, General Manager of Growth, Digital and Audiences Darren Birch is responsible for the Corporate Revenue, Marketing, Brand, Technology and Product divisions of the Australian Football League. Darren is accountable for generating the AFL’s new revenues streams, including the new commercial opportunities associated with the AFL purchase of Etihad Stadium, continuing to grow the brand equity of the code and acquiring new audiences for the game.
Jodie Hawkins has etched a strong career in sports administration, with over a decade’s experience across a variety of sports and roles. With a drive to inspire and innovate in Australian sport, her personal passion to make a positive impact in people’s lives is core to her approach to the industry. After starting her Communications and Marketing career in Tourism at BridgeClimb, Jodie moved into an Event Management and PR role at the Parramatta Eels before spending four years with the Sydney Roosters in Media and Communications roles. After deciding to move to a PR agency to work with some of the finer things in life – wine, coffee and food – and being lucky enough to work on the launch and the first season of the BBL with the Sydney Sixers, she realised her true passion lay in sport and opened her own business, Active Communications and PR. After two big years running her own business, with a list of clients that included the NRL and FI-TA Sportswear as well as the Sydney Sixers, Jodie was asked to join the Sixers full-time and the rest is fate. After leading the Marketing and Communications for the last few years, Jodie was appointed to the role of General Manager in February 2018 with plans to make the Club the most inspiring in Australian sport.
Head of Marketing & Insights
The last decade has been spent in senior sports marketing roles. I currently head up Marketing at the AFL and was previously head of Marketing at Cricket Australia. Prior to that I ran sponsorship at the Gemba group after being in several senior Marketing and Sales roles at General Motors Holden.
I have been fortunate enough to lead some of Australia’s more innovative sports marketing launches and branding projects. This includes the marketing and brand strategy behind the Big Bash League and eight new BBL sporting teams, the new AFL brand positioning and introduction of the AFL’s fan agenda, Sunday Funday and Super Round programs, AFLX marketing strategy and the highly successful Toyota AFL sponsorship.
I’ve lead some of the country’s most creative, award winning, marketing strategies, including bringing back the “I’d like to see that” AFL campaign and the new AFL “Don’t believe in never campaign”. Focused on business outcomes, they have won effectiveness and creative awards. This includes a best practice digital case study utilised by Facebook globally.
In my time at both Cricket Australia and the AFL I have been part of significant growth, including all time attendances records, revenue growth and large shifts in brand and reputation metrics. I am passionate about building new products, great brands, digital storytelling and content, leading teams and working with smart, committed people.
I have an MBA from the University of NSW and studied Entertainment, Media and Sport at Harvard Business School. I sit on the board of Maccabi Australia.
Chief Executive Officer
Leigh Russell is the Chief Executive Officer of Swimming Australia. The first female to take on this role, she is known for her collaborative leadership style and for building high performance culture. Leigh has previously worked as an Organisational Development Specialist, Board Director, Performance Coach and public speaker/facilitator with qualifications in the arts, teaching, counselling, career counselling and business.
She is an accomplished sports leader, having developed a successful career building, growing and leading across challenging high performance environments, with significant understanding of sport at all levels – athletes, coaches, administrators, members and volunteers through working with different AFL teams, AFL Players Association, Melbourne Vixens, and a number of national and state sporting organisations. She was the first woman to hold a senior executive position within an AFL Club (working across football and administration) and the youngest CEO appointed in Netball Victoria’s history.
Leigh has also run a management consultancy and coaching practice – Inspired Heads, working with sport and corporate organisations around leadership, high performance, governance, building positive cultures and executive coaching. With business partner Bianca Chatfield, she founded ‘The Ignition Project’ – an online leadership and personal development program for women. She serves as Chair of Tennis Victoria’s Nominations Committee, a Director of the State Sport Centres Trust, and is a former Chair of Women’s Health West and Director of AFL SportsReady. She was also the ‘Performance Coach’ on Foxtel’s The Recruit. Leigh is a professional member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Human Resources Institute. Leigh is also a Myers Briggs Practitioner and an Extended DISC® Accredited Consultant and Trainer.
Head of Big Bash League
Kim McConnie joined Cricket Australia after 13 years with Pepsi Co, most recently as Head of Sports Marketing based at global HQ in New York. She is a leader in youth and entertainment marketing with her area of passion being blending the worlds of sport and entertainment.
She spent many years leading high profile initiatives such as the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, NBA All Star program and pioneering Mobile First approach to Brand & Sports engagement.
Her new challenge is driving the advancement of women’s professional sport which is one of the key attractions that brought her to Cricket Australia where she is now the General Manger of the Women & Men’s Big Bash Leagues (WBBL & BBL).
Head of Technology
Kevin has been the Head of Technology for Rugby Australia for the last 3 years. During his time at Rugby Australia Kevin has overseen the digital transformation to a cloud first approach. Kevin is responsible for all technology requirements across the business from High Performance right through to Grassroots and all of the internal business units. Kevin has delivered numerous projects over his time at Rugby Australia, his highlights being: – High Performance Analytics solution taking all of our data sources (ranging from national programs and all of our state franchises through to all of the elite international competitions in the world) into a single data repository to enable advanced analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. – Implementing a single view of the customer through Salesforce CRM that combines all of our consumers purchasing and participation information – Rugby.com.au a fan focused website with latest news, fixtures and results. Kevins current focus is on fan & participant engagement connecting the grassroots community through to the elite level through the use of technology (specifically the Rugby Xplorer platform). Rugby Xplorer is currently in market on IOS and Andriod for the elite level and will be expanding through all levels of the game in January 2019 before being made available on other devices including Voice and OTT. Kevin joined Rugby Australia nearly 7 years ago as a Software Developer and holds a 1st Class BSc (Honours) in Software Engineering. Though from a technical background Kevin states his greatest skill is communication and prides himself on being able to communicate complex technology solutions with non-technical colleagues and stakeholders.
Manager, Marketing Australia and New Zealand
Chief Executive Officer
Commonwealth Games Australia
Craig Phillips is currently Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) (2015 – present).
He served for three years (2016-2018) on the Board of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) where he was involved in the delivery of the highly successful Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). He was also a member of GOLDOC’s Joint Marketing Committee and Sport and Technical Committee, and the GC2018 Executive Group – a group comprised of the CEOs of the key Games deliver partners.
He has more than 38 years’ experience in the sports industry – locally, nationally and globally. Craig served as a member of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Executive and Olympic Winter Institute of Australia Board for 10 years (2005 to 2014).
From 2005 to 2014, Craig successfully led the AOC’s relationship with its 40 member National Sports Federations, the national network of Institutes of Sport and other peak sporting organisations – both nationally and internationally.
He was involved in the successful planning, management and leadership of 12 Australian Olympic (Summer & Winter) Teams – every Team from Barcelona 1992 to Sochi 2014. Craig’s membership of these Teams saw him become the most capped Olympic Team official in Australian sporting history.
Between 2003 and 2013, Craig served as Convenor of 5 editions of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival – a multi-sport event for young athletes from Australia, Oceania and around the world.
He has been a member of the Oceania National Olympic Committees Executive (2013-2017) and the Association of National Olympic Committees Technical Working Group (2006-2014).
Craig holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Diploma of Teaching (PE).
Professor Hans Westerbeek|
Professor of International Sport Business
Prior to taking on the role of Pro-Vice Chancellor, sport strategy and Dean, College of Sport and Exercise Science in 2013, Professor Hans Westerbeek was the founding Director (January 2010) of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL).
Professor Westerbeek started his academic career at Deakin University in 1994 in the sport management program. He was also a Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Business Research at Deakin before moving to La Trobe University in 2003. During his time there he held several positions, including Chair of Sport Management and Head of School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management.
He is a past President (and founding Board member) of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand and of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Australia. He continues to serve as a Chair of Sport Management at the Free University of Brussels (Belgium). He also holds Visiting Professor appointments at the Real Madrid Graduate School, at the European University of Madrid in Spain and at the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing, China. He is a member of Club Melbourne and was a founding Board member of Australian Football League (AFL) Europe, the AFL-endorsed governing body in Europe.
Professor Westerbeek co-founded the European Association for Sport Management (EASM) and was a founding member of the European Union’s European Network of Sport Science Institutes.
Professor Westerbeek is an active researcher, corporate facilitator, author and consultant to numerous organisations such as Tennis Australia, FIFA, the AFL, the Australian Sporting Goods Association and the International Tennis Federation, and governments in a variety of countries including Australia, the USA, Malaysia, China, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, the Netherlands, Brazil, India, Switzerland, New Zealand, Japan and most recently in India and Colombia.
Professor Westerbeek has (co)authored more than 200 scientific, popular science and opinion articles, 23 books and 16 book chapters. His books have been translated in Dutch, Greek, Chinese, Russian and Arabic.
General Manager Strategic Projects
Hawthorn Football Club
Tanya Gallina is currently General Manager, Strategic Projects at Hawthorn Football Club, with nearly 20 years’ experience across the Australian sporting landscape.
Her current role is to manage the continual integration, participation and development of women’s football, investigate and manage new business ventures and support partnerships with alternate sports inclusive of netball, basketball and AFL wheelchair.
Her career has led to study at Harvard Business School and at industry leadership courses. Tanya has presented at conferences inclusive of Sports Analytics Conference and the Money in Sport conference.
Tanya is currently a non-executive board member at Vicsport, a board member at the Box Hill Football Club and a chair and committee member across numerous sporting and business sub-committees at Hawthorn Football Club.
She is passionate about leading and delivering inclusive programs that support participation, talent and career pathways in the sporting industry, alongside mentoring female administrators and athletes.
Head of Sport Business Affairs
Renée Quirk is an experienced media executive, who has worked across television, print and digital, with particular expertise in sports rights. Renée negotiates and manages Seven West Media’s sports rights and all related issues, which includes many of the largest, multi-billion sports rights deals in the country including the AFL, Summer of Cricket, Olympic Games, 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Paralympics, 2018 Rugby League World Cup in Australia, Summer of Tennis, The Championships, Wimbledon, Melbourne Cup & Spring Racing Carnival, Magic Millions, Royal Ascot, NFL, US Masters, Australian Open Golf, Masters Golf, PGA Golf, World Cup Golf, Sydney Hobart, V8 Supercars, Super Rugby, FFA football friendlies, Australian Swimming Championships, FINA World Swimming Championships, Stawell Gift, Nitro Athletics, Cadel Evans Road Race and World Championships Gymnastics.
Senior Vice President and Managing Director
Nick Vanzetti is the Managing Director of ESL Australia and VIM Media & Events. A passionate advocate of the eSports community, he has helped shape some of the region’s largest events & leagues. Nick has spent more than 15 years in the games industry, combined with careers in event project management, film & television and games retail management prior to the commencement of his own company, VIM. Having grown the esports & gaming services business over the last 5 years to manage 20 permanent staff, Nick helped steer VIM to become part of the world’s largest esports company in ESL.
Adir Shiffman is a registered medical practitioner with a background and expertise in the internet and technology space, as well as the medical and healthcare sector.
Adir is one of the foremost experts in the internet space in Australia, having founded, built and sold a number of rapidly growing businesses. He has been an advisor to dozens of the largest companies in Australia and NZ regarding their online strategies and execution, and continues to provide strategic advice to a number of CEOs and senior managers. He has advised companies across many sectors, including banking, finance, health care, insurance, retail, airlines and travel, and media.
Adir mostly focuses on chairing Catapult and ASX-listed Disruptive Investment Group ($DVI), as well as helping grow startups, accelerating other early-stage companies, leading and structuring investments, consulting and advising to senior management, and chairing several businesses in which he is a significant shareholder. Of particular interest are opportunities to create value in overlooked and unidentified niches within the web and health sectors.
Adir is an SXSports Advisory Board Member at SXSW, Director and Partner at Disruptive Capital, Co-founder and Chairman of StartHere.com.au, Co-founder and Non-executive Chairman of Global Reviews., Co-Founder and Director of Innovative Online, Owner of Alia Group, and Founder and CEO of HelpMeChoose.com.au.
Adir is a charismatic strategic thinker that has a strong vision for Catapult’s future, and has the persuasive and motivational characteristics to help lead the company. He also regularly speaks at events in Australia and the US, and his views on technology and innovation have been widely published.Adir holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University.
Commercial Director – Asia
Over the last 15 years, Thomas Klingebiel has established himself as one of the leading experts in the Asian sports media, marketing and technology industries. He joined Genius Sports Group as Commercial Director – Asia in 2016 and has been living in Singapore for over 10 years.
Previously, he worked in various senior commercial roles at the Mediapro subsidiary Asia Sports Digital (ASD), Perform, Nimbus Sport International and Sportfive across media and commercial rights, digital advertising and content solutions.
Thomas has played a key role in driving Genius Sports’ growth into one of the largest sports technology companies in the world, securing data and technology partnerships with the Football Association of Indonesia, the Philippines Basketball Association and many more. Genius Sports is now the trusted partner to over 500 sports organisations worldwide, providing cutting-edge software for the collection, management, distribution and commercialisation of official sports data.
Director - Customer Strategy and Success, Australasia
Sam Irvine joined KORE Software (then SponServe) in 2016 after 11 years experience in the commercial sports rights holder space. Working with high performance sport, community and emerging sports and a huge number of professional sports organisations, Sam has gained an insight into the commercial programs of a variety of territories and sports industries.
Sam’s new passion is delving into the Analytics and Insights space, utilising technology to ensure we make more educated decisions, understand our consumers better and resource our teams better to ensure we are offering the best possible fan experience.
Working with over 550 sports and brands globally in providing technology solutions, Sam’s new challenge as Director – Customer Strategy and Success, Australasia has given so much insight into how different organisations manage key areas of their commercial programs.
Economic, social and digital forces are colliding to provoke change in the business of sport. While technological titans with direct access to consumers move through the sports ecosystem, traditional players are reacting to changes in media consumption to reach fans in innovative ways. How are media entities responding to the swelling influence of technological giants? And how is rights distribution strategy changing in pursuit of consumer connections? How is sports consumption faring against other modes of entertainment, and where are the opportunities for creation?
Consumer demands for personalised, seamless, and secure experiences have passed through the ticket gates into the sporting arena. In order to get fans off the bench and into the game, sport leaders must continue to differentiate and elevate the live experience. In our world of screens, live sport has an escapist appeal – where is the line between augmenting and obstructing that experience through digitisation? From biometrics recognition to electronic fingerprinting, what digital solutions are being adopted to enhance event efficiency and bolster security capabilities? How are events logistics evolving to accommodate the consumer from inception through to delivery?
Sponsorship opportunities are erupting across the sports landscape. New sporting leagues are emerging, mobile is penetrating isolated markets, and brands are learning to reach consumers in their own entertainment ecosystems. How are brands building comprehensive consumer profiles to align with fans through the medium of sport? And how is technology enabling the delivery of more engaging, creative and relevant sponsored content? To what extent is competition in the broadcasting space informing sponsorship decisions? And how can brands and sporting franchises empower fans to control their own sponsored experience?
Technology is where pressure meets possibility. Inundated with technological choice and tasked with discerning returns from rhetoric, leaders are scanning for advantage while keeping one eye trained on the bottom line. How are business leaders discerning realistic applications for hype-cycle technologies? And how are sports leaders forecasting the profitability of technological investments? How are leaders quantifying and consolidating consumer touchpoints to enrich fan profiles? How are world-leading sport-franchises structured to absorb rapid, unexpected change?
Sports fans live in a world of near limitless choice. They are discerning, impassioned, and empowered, and sports leaders are competing for their gaze, attendance and loyalty. How are sport franchises creating opportunities for user-generated content to build a sense of ownership and fidelity to teams? What more can franchises do to engage with consumers in their existing ecosystems and on their own terms? And how are franchises securing the allegiance of fans in emerging markets? How are leaders proliferating consumer insights across the business?
Fan expectations are soaring across the stream to the screen experience. With the consumer’s allegiance won or lost by the smallest of margins, rights holders can’t afford to drop the ball on delivery. How are sports franchises and content creators leveraging digital and OTT to deliver directly to fans? As TV audiences fragment, what can traditional broadcasters do to solidify their influence in consumer ecosystems? Is investment in the mobile space disproportionate to the increasing prominence of the platform? What can traditional sport franchises learn from large-scale e-sports activations, and vice versa?
The business of sport unfolds in a high-profile arena where every play is scrutinised by spectators and commercial stakeholders alike. Risk is everywhere, reputation is everything, and business leaders must assume an active role on the cultural frontline for athletes, fans and partnerships to flourish. Given the stature and exposure of athletes on social media, how are franchises striking a balance between personal empowerment and brand control? How can business leaders redirect and realign a franchise’s culture? What initiatives have franchises pursued to fully realise their commitment to diversity? How can leaders manage the ethos of their club when expanding into new markets?
Catapult is the world leader in elite sports technology, working with over 1800 teams in 35 sports worldwide. Catapult products are designed to optimise performance, mitigate the risk of injury, and quantify return to play.
KORE Software is the global leader in sports and entertainment business management solutions. Our applications help more than 100 Major League teams and 200 universities worldwide harness valuable customer and partner data – including preferences and behaviors – to create valuable insights, and turn those insights into powerful revenue-generating action.
From ticketing and fan engagement to sponsorship to managing suites and premium offerings, KORE offers a complete team of applications that drives sales, streamlines business processes, and takes profitability to a whole new level.
Genius Sports is a global leader in sports data, technology and integrity services. We work in partnership with over 500 sports organisations worldwide including the National Basketball Association, Asian Football Confederation and NBL Australia, providing leading software that enables them to capture, manage and distribute their official sports data.
Headquartered in London and located across more than 20 locations globally, Genius Sports is recognised as one of the fastest growing sports technology companies in the world.
Through our Integrity Services, we proactively safeguard some of the largest organisations in world sport, including the PGA TOUR and the English Premier League, from the threats of match-fixing and betting-related corruption.
Celebrating its 8th year, the Business of Sport Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts. A strict screening process and strong delegate focus ensures a senior executive only event to discuss the future of sport in Australia
A unique sponsor format will position you and your brand as a thought leader amongst the decision makers across the sports landscape. From knowledge sharing, to brand exposure and lead generation, sponsors have an effective platform to engage this audience, before, during and after the event.
The Business of Sport Summit offers unrivalled cut-through with limited sponsor packages to allow you stand out amongst a few.
The forum is an ideal marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with senior sports management professionals.
Jack Martin – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8004 3172
Email: [email protected]
|Packages||Standard Price Per Delegate|
|Sports Executive: 1-2 Delegates||$2200 + GST|
|Sports Executive: 3-5 Delegates||$1980 + GST|
|Sports Executive: 6-9 Delegates||$1760 + GST|
|Sports Executive: 10+ Delegates||$1540 + GST|
Please note if you are a Service Provider to sports professionals, email [email protected] to register.
Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.
Payment & Discounts:
Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.
Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd endeavors to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event.
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Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd in any medium to any part of the world. By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise [email protected]
A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.
Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What’s included in my delegate pass?
A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, and access to provided speaker presentations.
Is there a group booking discount?
Yes – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact [email protected]
Can I transfer my pass?
A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to [email protected]
How do I receive my delegate pass?
Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.
Is media registration available?
No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.
A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.
What is a Service Provider?
A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of sports industry.
Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.
Will there be a delegate list available?
No, Connect Media does not provide delegate lists to attendees