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Key organizational changes announced in EBU Sport

16 May 2024
Image features the 3 members of the sport team who take on new roles to meet new challenges in the sport realm

The EBU has announced significant organizational changes in its sport department, aimed at enhancing operational effectiveness and strengthening the leadership team, in anticipation of a major sports calendar, including the Olympic Games from 2026

Andreas Aristodemou will assume the role of Director of Olympics, succeeding Pascal Fratellia. Andreas, who has been an integral part of the team since May 2015, has held key leadership positions in Eurovision Sport, including serving as Senior Sports Project Manager for Football from 2015 to 2018, followed by a stint as Head of Aquatic Sports in 2019, with additional support in football. Since 2020, Andreas has served as Head of Summer Sports, where he has made significant contributions to the EBU's sporting portfolio and played a key role in the acquisition process for the Olympic Games rights for the period 2026-2032, successfully secured by the EBU last year. In his new role, he will be responsible for all IOC matters and will join the Sport Management Team, reporting to Glen Killane, Executive Director, EBU Sport. 

Frédéric Sanz has been promoted to the newly expanded position of Head of Summer Sports and Cycling. Since joining the EBU in 2015, Frédéric has played a pivotal role in the summer sports team, initially as Senior Sports Rights Manager and later as the Head of Cycling Operations. He has overseen prestigious Men and Women cycling properties such as the Tour de France, Vuelta, and UCI Cycling World Championships. He also played a key role in the acquisition process for the Olympic Games rights for the period 2026-2032. In his expanded role, Frédéric will oversee the entire summer sports portfolio, including athletics, aquatics and gymnastics and will continue to report to Adrian Fikentscher, Director of Acquisitions, Sales and Partnerships, EBU Sport.

In response to the evolving digital landscape, Jean-Baptiste Casta will assume the role of Director of Business Operations and the Eurovision Sport Platform, further solidifying the EBU's position in the digital arena. Jean-Baptiste has had a key role in the Sport team since 2015 when he joined as Senior Sports Rights Manager – Football from Sportfive International. Since then, he has been Head of Business Development and Head of Strategy & Business Operations respectively and played a major role in strategic projects and more recently in the development of the innovative new digital sport platform, the EBU’s first direct-to-consumer sport streaming platform and a game-changer for sports broadcasting. Jean-Baptiste is part of the Management Team and continues to report to Glen Killane, Executive Director of EBU Sport.

Glen Killane, Executive Director, EBU Sport, said: “These appointments are an acknowledgment of the wonderful talent we have in our Sports Team at the EBU which has consistently achieved positive results in a fiercely competitive arena. We remain totally focussed on delivering top results for our Members and our partners. The media landscape is changing rapidly, just as we are to ensure we continue to succeed.”

These transitions will be facilitated through a gradual handover period effective from 1 June 2024 to ensure uninterrupted service delivery, reaffirming the EBU's commitment to Members during these organizational changes.
 

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