SINGAPORE (OCT. 12, 2012) Nectar Capital is pleased to report that GLORY Sports International, an advisory client of Nectar, has today announced the appointment of former Senior WWE Executive Andrew Whitaker as a Non-Executive Director of the Board of Directors for GLORY Sports International, the owner and rights holder of the world’s No. 1 kickboxing league, GLORY World Series.
Whitaker, the Managing Partner of media and brand distribution advisory group, Kings Highway Media, will be working with the GLORY Sports board to set and develop the overall strategic direction of GLORY’s business and analyze key international issues.
“Andrew has an exceptional breadth of expertise and track record of delivery in both the domestic U.S and international media business, and we are delighted to have him join us in our efforts to build the GLORY franchise, so that it can reach its full potential,” said GLORY Managing Director Marcus Luer.
“GLORY is an incredible product with tremendous growth potential in an emerging sport,” said Whitaker. “The IP has all the elements necessary to achieve very real and significant global development. I am both delighted and excited to be a part of the team and to play a part in that expansion”
Prior to establishing Kings Highway Media in 2011, Whitaker served as the Executive Vice President of International for NYSE listed WWE Inc. where he was responsible for establishing and growing the WWE international business across Television, Digital, Live Events, Licensing, PPV/VOD, Marketing, Promotion and Public and Government Relations. He sits on the Program Advisory Board for the Banff World Media Festival and Next Media Interactive Media Festival.
The next stop on GLORY’s live event schedule will be the historic PalaLottomatica arena in Rome on Nov. 3. The event, GLORY 3 Rome ‘Final 8’, will be headlined by an eight-man single-elimination tournament that will award it’s 70 kilogram (154 pound) winner a Grand Prize of $300,000.
On Dec. 2, GLORY will head to Makuhari Messe (formerly Nippon Convention Center) in Tokyo where it will produce a 16-man, single-elimination heavyweight tournament stacked with an unprecedented collection of the world’s greatest big men.
Scott Rudmann, Managing Partner of Nectar Capital said “We congratulate GLORY on the appointment of Andrew Whitaker to the Board of Directors. Andrew brings with him a wealth of experience in the sport promotion and media arena. Andrew will be able to advise GLORY on strategic direction and also the execution of their on-going vision.”
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The GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world’s premier stand-up fighting league, staging events across the globe and offering up to $1,000,000 in prize money to successful fighters in 16-man grand prix tournaments which are open to only the very best fighters in each weight class.
With television deals spanning every continent plus a groundbreaking online video streaming system and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely-broadcast sporting organizations already.
Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in Holland, the UK, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Its personnel include prominent hedge-fund investors, the pioneering sports marketing agency Total Sport Asia and several executives from the Golden Glory and It’s Showtime team.
About KINGS HIGHWAY MEDIA:
Kings Highway Media (www.kingshighwaymedia.com) is a full service international and domestic media and brand distribution advisory and investor that serves both Sports/Entertainment IP rights holders and Venture Capital/Private Equity respectively and is dedicated to the management, creation and distribution of intellectual properties. The company represents a broad range of brands actively developing original ideas and adapting existing formats and properties with the building of their branded assets equity value and multi-divisional revenue growth.
About NECTAR CAPITAL:
Founded in 2002 by Scott Rudmann, Nectar Capital has a successful track record in asset management in private equity as well as investment advisory services for family offices in the private equity sphere where the firm has focused on growth capital for the media, leisure and creative industries.
In the recent past, due to specific investor demand, Nectar has enhanced its fund product offering space and is the Investment Manager to the Nectar Global Alpha hedge fund.
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