Leading sports data, content and media rights distributor Sportradar has restructured and expanded its board of governance, reflecting the firm’s ongoing international growth strategy and the broadening of its core sports stakeholder base.
Updating the market, Sportradar confirms the appointment of renowned US enterprise executive Tony Aquila as new ‘Global Chairman of Sportradar Group’.
A leading figurehead in technology venture capital, business financing and growth strategy/planning, Aquila currently serves as Founder & CEO of Texas-based automotive technologies and risk management firm Solera Holdings.
“I am thrilled to serve at the helm of Sportradar’s global board, especially now, during this exciting time of growth,” he said. “Sportradar has always played a pivotal role in innovating and strengthening the industry as it continues to gain market share in key regions such as the U.S. and secure its leadership position.
“I, along with the board, look forward to working with Carsten to help take the company to the next level and continue its aggressive growth and expansion.”
In his new capacity, Aquila will be supported by the appointments of Marc Walder, Herve Couturier and George Fleet as new Sportradar corporate directors.
A former ATP Tour tennis pro, Marc Walder is the current Group CEO of Swiss media conglomerate Ringier AG, managing a portfolio of high coverage assets across 18 countries.
Strengthening its tech, enterprise strategy and logistics dynamics, Herve Couturier the former VP of R&D and technology divisions for European technology conglomerates SAP and Amadeus is confirmed as a further governance appointment.
Finishing the triad of directorial appointments, Sportradar confirms seasoned corporate financing and M&A strategy pro George Fleet the current Head of Advisory at Canaccord Genuity as a further director.
The four new governance appointments join existing shareholder/board representatives Carsten Koerl (CEO of Sportradar), Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), and Silicon Valley-based growth equity firm TCV on the Sportradar Group Board.
“We are delighted to welcome Tony and our new group board members during such an opportune time of explosive growth for Sportradar, the source code of sport,” said Koerl. “Each board member brings an incomparable wealth of experience and strategic vision that will further enhance the expertise of our board as we continue to build the ecosystem of sports insight.
“We have not only doubled down on the U.S. as the betting market continues to open but are ramping up our efforts to transform the way our betting partners (bookmakers, lotteries and casinos), leagues, broadcasters, and digital/social media companies delight fans and protect the business of sport.”