Kevin Mayer has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of DAZN Group, a global sports streaming network. He will give strategic guidance to DAZN’s leadership team, drawing on his more than three decades of management expertise in the publishing business.
Mayer previously served as Chairman of The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International divisions. He oversaw Disney’s worldwide sponsorship distribution, content manufacturing, channels management, and foreign operations, as well as launching and running the company’s streaming services, including Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, and Hotstar.
Previous to this Mayer was the Chief Strategy Officer at Disney, where he oversaw the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, 21st Century Fox, and BamTech.
John Skipper, who joined DAZN Group in 2018, is stepping down to concentrate on Meadowlark Media, a digital entertainment venture. He will continue to work on the DAZN Group Board of Directors and as a strategic advisor to the company.
Said Skipper: “I’m incredibly proud of what the team has accomplished over the past several years. We’ve secured rights to the world’s premier sports leagues, dramatically increased subscriptions and revenues, and launched our platform in more than 200 countries and territories.
“Having worked closely with Kevin at The Walt Disney Company for more than two decades, I can’t think of a better person to lead the DAZN Group Board of Directors.”
Impressive track record
Mayer commented: “As Chairman, I’m looking forward to partnering with the management team and my fellow directors to help DAZN build on its impressive track record of success in developing a truly global sports platform.
“Since I began working with Access Industries last year, I’ve been impressed with DAZN’s ambitions and ability to quickly grow from a new entrant to an important player in key markets throughout the world. I look forward to guiding DAZN’s strategic development into its next chapter.”
Key holding within the Access portfolio
Len Blavatnik, Chairman of Access Industries and DAZN Group’s majority investor said: “As the world of sports and media continues to transform, DAZN Group remains a key holding within the Access portfolio.
“A seamless transition from John to Kevin and the recent move to deepen the executive team’s expertise with Co-CEOs James Rushton and Shay Segev will accelerate the company’s momentum.”