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SportBusiness Executive of the Year judging panel

SportBusiness Executive of the Year judging panel

1 Nov 2017
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The SportBusiness Executive of the Year Award celebrates the 20 business executives who have achieved the most impressive results for their firms and set new benchmarks in the international sports industry over the course of the previous 12 months. The judging panel is made up of specialists in media-rights, digital and social media and sponsorship. 

Ben Cronin

Ben Cronin is the editor of SportBusiness International and the chair of the SportBusiness Executive of the Year judging panel. He joined the SportBusiness Group in 2016, having previously edited a number of B2B publishing titles. Since joining the SportBusiness Group, he has overseen a redesign of the SportBusiness International print publication and interviewed leading figures from the industry including IAAF president Sebastian Coe, Formula 1 commercial chief Sean Bratches and Wada president Sir Craig Reedie.

Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke is a digital sport consultant, journalist and blogger with unique experience in football all over the world. He ran editorial strategy across digital, social media, TV and print for English Premier League side Arsenal from 2002 to 2015 before moving to Colorado Rapids of MLS to run their content and communications departments. Since returning to England, he has acted as a consultant for the Premier League and Uefa among others. He has been content director for the Indonesia Football League throughout the 2017 season. He blogs about digital content strategy at; hosts a podcast called "Sport – Digital and Social" and "Football Indonesia"; and writes a column for SportBusiness International.

Mark Dreyer

Mark Dreyer is a specialist in the growing sports sector in China and writes the weekly China Digest newsletter for SportBusiness International. He is based in Beijing, from where he founded and edits China Sports Insider. Before founding the publication, he worked as a football reporter for Sky Sports.

Jeremy Edwards 

Jeremy is a co-founder of sports and entertainment marketing intelligence and insight provider Activative, where he is director of content and consulting, and works across the rights-holder, sponsor and sport business space. Prior to founding Activative, Jeremy was consultancy director at the Xtreme Information media/marketing agency and before that worked for media consultancy Human Capital. Previous to working in marketing, sport and sponsorship, Jeremy was a journalist in the media, financial, legal and political arenas. He holds master’s degrees in journalism (from Northwestern University, USA) and in philosophy (from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University).

William Field

William Field is a partner at Prospero Strategy, a sports and media strategic advisory firm, which he founded in 2009. He has over 25 years' experience in strategic management consulting, and was previously MD, Europe at Spectrum Strategy Consultants.

William is an internationally-recognised expert in sports media and has advised many of the world’s biggest rights-holders, broadcasters, service providers and intermediaries. Across a wide range of sports internationally he has advised on issues as diverse as broadcast rights, digital strategies, sponsorship, technology, organisation, governance, public policy, fan-engagement and mergers & acquisitions.

Robin Jellis

Robin Jellis is the editor of TV Sports Markets, the leading publication on the TV sports rights industry. TV Sports Markets provides analysis and hard-to-get information on media-rights deals around the world.

Robin began writing for TV Sports Markets as a reporter in February 2013, where he was responsible for coverage of media-rights markets in Europe, while also reporting on sponsorship deals for Sports Sponsorship Insider – the SportBusiness Group publication focused on the sponsorship industry. He was promoted to senior reporter for TV Sports Markets in December 2014, before being promoted to editor in June 2015.

Sophie Morris

Sophie Morris is a strategic marketing & sponsorship consultant with Millharbour Marketing. She is a board director of the European Sponsorship Association (ESA), a business ambassador (partnerships management) for the School of Hard Knocks charity, a member of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Rugby Growth Committee, and is a judge at the ESA Excellence Awards and the UK Sponsorship Awards. She is also a guest lecturer at Loughborough University London and a speaker at international marketing and sponsorship conferences. Sophie is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and has been a chartered marketer since 2007.

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