GSIS announces speakers

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Rick Dudley, the president and chief executive officer at Octagon Worldwide, has been announced as a speaker at the Global Sports Industry Summit (GSIS) in Paris, France.

FISU secretary general and chief executive Eric Saintrond; FIFA beach soccer chief executive Joan Cusco; Bonham & Associates founder Dean Bonham and HBS founder and CEO Francis Tellier have also been announced as speakers at the Global Sports Industry Summit 2010. As president and CEO of Octagon, Dudley has worldwide responsibility for all functional disciplines of Octagon. A former partner and CEO of the private equity firm MHC Investments, a sports and entertainment practice, Dudley also served as managing director for Ignite Sports, a leading interactive sports solutions provider. Dudley has held executive positions at three major professional sports leagues. During his five years as the president of the National Hockey League Enterprises, he established the league's corporate marketing programme, increasing partner dollars spent on the game from $20m to over $200m. He also revitalised the league's licensed merchandise activity, launched the Coolest Game On Earth marketing campaign and championed grassroots marketing initiatives including NHL Street and NHL Breakout. Since joining Octagon, Dudley has been named to BusinessWeek's 'Power 100' list of the most influential people in sports (No 41) and to SportsBusiness Journal's list of the 50 most influential people in sports for the past three years. He also is among the top 20 most influential CEO's in the sports world today as compiled by SportBusiness Magazine. Global Sports Industry Summit takes place between 28 September and 1 October 2010. The Paris Global Sports Industry Summit brings together a powerful community of leaders who are setting the agenda for the international sports industry. The summit focuses on the world economic crisis influence on the sports industry and on the tension between tradition and innovation in sport as the industry looks to expand while staying true to its roots. Exclusively reserved for the leading players in the sports industry, the summit's high–level participation and practical discussion will encourage open, constructive and candid debate. Topics to be discussed include:• World Economic Crisis: influence on sport industry, solutions • Taking the game global: Rationale, risk, reward • Radical innovation: Re–thinking the fan experience • Innovating to enhance sponsorship value • Stadia • Media: Channels, consumers and the brave new (virtual) world of sports • The modern Olympics: Lessons and opportunitiesMajor Events International is a media partner of the event. For further details contact:Nadia Fauvetsales@sportsindustrysummit. comwww. sportsindustrysummit. com

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