Global agenda sees Perform Group appoint John Skipper as new Chairman

Sports data, content and media services provider Perform Group has today announced the appointment of John Skipper as new Group Executive Chairman.

Skipper the former President of US sports broadcaster ESPN, will lead Perform Group’s governance initiatives, reporting directly to private equity owner Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries.

Confirming its new chairmanship, Perform stated that Skipper’s appointment reflected the firm’s corporate ambition of expanding across all international markets through its multiple sports services portfolio.

“Since our initial investment ten years ago, Perform has become one of the most important brands in the sports media industry and a key holding in the Access portfolio,” detailed Len Blavatnik, Chairman Access Industries.

“John’s addition to the team and Board will help the company continue its impressive progress.”

Skipper will support Perform’s leadership team, as the company expands its data and content services with multiple international sports governing bodies.

Simon Denyer

In its corporate update, Perform Group Chief Executive Simon Denyer detailed the strong commercial progress of the firm’s international streaming service DAZN, which has secured a number of new media rights agreements in 2017-2018.

“DAZN is revolutionizing how fans watch their favourite sports. John is one of the most significant leaders in the history of our industry, and I am delighted that he has agreed to join me and the team to help take Perform to the next level of our ambitions.” Denyer commented

“Simon and his team have built an enormously impressive company, providing an excellent base to establish a global leadership position in the over-the-top sports subscription business, the clear future of sports delivery,” said John Skipper, Executive Chairman Perform Group.

“Perform Group’s platform and expertise, coupled with its success in launching subscription services in Germany, Japan and Canada provides a model we intend to replicate around the world.”

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