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ECA’s Marshall to discuss future of European club competitions at Sports Decision Makers Summit

Charlie Marshall, managing director of the European Club Association (ECA) will explain the organisation’s vision for the future of European football club competitions when he takes to the stage at next week’s Sports Decision Makers Summit.

In a keynote conversation with SportBusiness’ chief football correspondent Frank Dunne he will discuss the rationale behind the ECA’s controversial proposals for a revamp of club competitions which has polarised the positions and interests of clubs and domestic leagues.

The keynote conversation is part of a packed and intriguing programme for the Sports Decision Makers Summit, which takes place at The Rosewood, High Holborn, on July 9 and 10. It has been designed to deliver authoritative and stimulating keynote addresses and insightful panel discussions which deliver the intelligence members of the C-suite audience need to make smarter business decisions.

Keynote speakers include Timo Lumme, managing director of television and marketing at the International Olympic Committee , IAAF chief executive Jon Ridgeon, Andreas Zagklis, secretary general of basketball’s world governing body Fiba, Steve Davis, president of Fanatics International, Andrew Hampel, president of Legends International, and Garry Cook, executive vice chairman of Gfinity. They will be joined by a host of other C-suite executives and influencers at a blue chip event designed for the people whose decisions shape world sport.

There will also be a highly topical focus on the business of women’s sport with the input of some of the most knowledgeable and incisive individuals working in the field.

Kelly Simmons MBE, director of the women’s professional game at The Football Association will join Sally Horrox, managing partner of Y-Sports on a panel which will look at the evolution of women’s sports sponsorship and the unique opportunities it offers to build brand and achieve business objectives. They will be in discussion with SportBusiness Sponsorship editor Matthew Glendinning.

The panel will be followed by a keynote presentation by Chrissy Fice, brand director at Vitality Insurance who will look ahead to the company’s sponsorship of the upcoming Netball World Cup and explain where women’s sport sits within Vitality’s wide-ranging sports and lifestyle portfolio.

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; Michael Flynn, CEO of DataPowa.

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

The Game Day Experience: Michael G. Cole, CTO European tour and Ryder Cup; Paul Samuels, senior VP, Anschutz Entertainment Group; Christopher Lee, partner, Populous.

Fan Engagement: Sarah Lewis, secretary general, International Ski Federation; Gareth Balch, managing director, Two Circles.

Finance: Keith Harris, deputy chairman, Everton FC; Majid Ishaq, Rothschilds; Jonny Nye, managing director 23 Capital.

Esports: Ralf Reichert, CEO, ESL; Alban Dechelotte, Riot Games; Nicolas Besombes, esport advisor to the Global Association of International Sports Federations

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

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