Shapiro and Francini appointed co-presidents of WME-IMG

WME-IMG has announced that Mark Shapiro and Ioris Francini will become co-presidents of the company.

Shapiro moves to his new position having previously served as chief content officer, while Francini had held the role of president of IMG Media.

As co-presidents, Shapiro and Francini will oversee WME-IMG’s interests in areas such as media, events, licensing, global partnerships and original content, along with the IMG College and Professional Bull Riders entities, in addition to the company’s new China subsidiary.

Shapiro will continue to be based in New York, while Francini will operate from London. “Mark and Ioris have been great partners these past few years, helping us integrate WME and IMG, generate organic growth, and expand into new business lines and geographies,” Ariel Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, co-chief executives of WME-IMG, said.

“WME-IMG is a strong, dynamic business with exciting opportunities ahead, and Mark and Ioris combine the vision and expertise to help the company succeed in this next chapter.”

Prior to joining WME-IMG in 2014, Shapiro was chief executive of Dick Clark Productions.

Francini joined IMG in 2003 as head of sales for media in Italy before relocating to London in 2007 to lead sales across the EMEA region. He was promoted to executive vice-president of IMG Media in 2012 and then to president of IMG Media in 2014.