Andrew Whitaker Named New GLORY CEO

Tue Feb 5, 2013 4:02pm EST

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SINGAPORE,  Feb. 5, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Glory Sports International, the parent
company of the world's new premiere kickboxing league, GLORY World Series, today
announced the appointment of former WWE Executive VP  Andrew Whitaker  to the
position of global CEO of Glory Sports International.

"We are excited that Andrew has agreed to assume the leadership mantel at GLORY
in the pivotal role of CEO, on the front lines of our fast-growing
organization," said GLORY Sports International Chairman, co-founder, and
award-winning hedge fund investor  Pierre Andurand. "Andrew's breadth of global
experience in the media space is a tremendous asset to GLORY's day-to-day
business."

"Andrew joining as CEO is an important milestone in the development of GLORY as
a company and kickboxing as a sport. We've had an incredible first year - we
have over 40 of the world's top kickboxing athletes signed to us exclusively,
we've staged four amazing events, achieved TV distribution in 200 countries and
trended No. 1 globally on Twitter on  New Year's Eve  2012 - GLORY and
kickboxing are for real. As we start a new season in 2013, we have a calendar of
over 10 events on 3 continents, an active global standard for athlete rankings,
and we are rolling out a successful global format for kickboxing tournaments
with our Grand Slams, Slams and Road to GLORY events. In addition, we are fully
committed to entering the US market, and we are delighted Andrew has joined
GLORY to oversee all this growth."

Marcus Luer, co-founder of Glory Sports International, who has spearheaded
GLORY's rapid global expansion as interim-CEO over the last year since its
inception, will resume the title Managing Director, allowing him to drive many
of GLORY's initiatives in  Asia  where he continues as CEO and founder of 
Asia's leading, full-service sports marketing agency, TSA.

"I am looking forward to taking a hands-on approach to driving the growth of
what I have believed, for months, is an incredible combat sports entertainment
product with tremendous global appeal," said Whitaker, who previously served on
the GLORY Sports International Board of Directors as Non-Executive Director.  

"Our kickboxing rules distinguish our sport by requiring elite athleticism,
skill, and honor, from GLORY kickboxers, and produce some of the most exciting
knockouts ever seen in combat sports. Our martial artists define the word
'warrior,' and our superb level of production makes our live events one of the
most fan-friendly entertainment experiences in the world. GLORY has already
redefined the standard for kickboxing, and has all the elements necessary to
become a major player in the global sports industry," continued Whitaker.   

"I look forward to working with Andrew again and continuing our successful
partnership which began over 10 years ago while he was with WWE. Together, we
ushered the wrestling brand into  Asia," said Luer.  "GLORY is truly a global
product now, which operates on a 24/7 basis with events and offices across three
different continents - the U.S.,  Europe, and Asia.   

Prior to joining GLORY Sports International, Whitaker was the Managing Partner
of Kings Highway Media, a global brand and media distribution advisory that
serves sports and entertainment IP rightsholders, private equity and venture
capital.   

Whitaker also served as the Executive Vice President of International for
NYSE-listed WWE Inc. where he was responsible for establishing and growing the
leading professional wrestling entertainment company's business via sales,
marketing, promotion and public and government relations across television,
digital media, live events, licensing and PPV/VOD.

For more information, visit  www.gloryworldseries.com

 

SOURCE  Glory Sports International


Mike Afromowitz, +1-917-566-8754, press@gloryworldseries.com

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