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John Skipper steps down at DAZN, Kevin Mayer appointed new Chairman

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Skipper will remain on the Board of Directors and serve as an adviser.

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John Skipper has stepped down as Chairman of the Board at DAZN Group, and will be replaced by former Disney executive Kevin Mayer, it was announced on Tuesday.

Skipper will remain on DAZN’s Board of Directors and serve as a “strategic adviser,” and will also be working with Meadowlark Media, a new content company DAZN plan to invest in and collaborate with for programming.

This one is pure “business world” stuff for the most part, but DAZN have become such an important and even vital player in the boxing world that it’s certainly worth a note, something to consider.

“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,” said Skipper. “It’s the ideal moment to transition the company into its next phase of growth. 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.”

“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,” said Mayer. “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.”

“As the world of sports and media continues to transform, DAZN Group remains a key holding within the Access portfolio,” said Len Blavatnik, Chairman of Access Industries and DAZN Group’s majority investor. “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.”