Lance Zhang

Lance is currently Vice President, EuroLeauge Basketball China. Previous positions included: 2004-2005 COFCO, a future 500 company, Department manager for Strategy Growth division.; 2005- 2008 Beijing Organizing committee for 2008 Olympic Games; 2009-2016 NBA China, Director Global Marketing Partnership. Lance has a MBA from Seattle University, BA in Finance

Pietro Basciano

He graduated  in Italy and then he also studied in the United States and in England. He is Chairman and CEO of Lighthouse Group and Quay Group, based in Bologna, Italy, formed by several companies with their own business, while their core business are offshore marine services. He is involved in basketball since September 2011 as Chairman and then also owner of  Trapani Basketball, the Second Division club. He is also Chairman, since December 2014, of the  Italian National Basketball League, and the members are all the teams of Division II, III, and IV. He was also elected in October of 2015 as Chairman of the Virtus Bologna Basketball Foundation.

 

Giorgio Gandolfi

He is Founder and Principal of the agency Giorgio Gandolfi, Sport Marketing, Events and Communication and for the second time organizer and partner with ISC regarding the International Basketball Conference. Involved on basketball worldwide for almost 40 years, he worked and collaborated with Federations, Leagues, as well as with NBA, FIBA and, presently also with Eurolegue Basketball. He  has organized and organizes top level camps,  international coaches clinics, the last three at the Euroleague Final Four in Milan, Madrid and Berlin, and in September the first  Euroleague China Tour 2016 International Coaches in Chengdu. He is also deeply involved on sport marketing, organizing international sport marketing seminars with the  University of Bologna Business School, in Italy. He wrote four books on basketball, published in the United States, the first European ever, three with the NBA Players and NBA Coaches Associations, with editions in Japanese and Spanish.

 

Giancarlo Sergi

Giancarlo Sergi started his sports career as a professional basketball player before completing his bachelor and master degrees in business administration and sports management in Lausanne, Barcelona and Lyon. From 2001 to 2006, Giancarlo worked as a full-time employee for UEFA and was notably Marketing Services Manager for UEFA Team Competitions such as EURO, U-21, Futsal and Women Championships.

In 2006, Giancarlo founded SINERGI Sports Consulting which is headquartered at the “Maison du Sport International” in Lausanne. SINERGI Sports Consulting is a Management Consulting Firm advising Sport Organisations and Commercial Entities in the areas of PR and Communication, Education & Knowledge Management and Event Planning.

Giancarlo gained valuable experience holding various consultancy roles for 4 Olympic Games (Athens, Torino, Beijing and London), 2 FIFA World Cups (Germany, South Africa) and 2 UEFA EUROS (Portugal, Switzerland). From 2006 to 2010, Giancarlo was a senior consultant for the UEFA KISS & Education programme, which aims to professionalise UEFA Member Associations. Since 2011, Giancarlo is also a consultant for the FIFA Performance Programme, mainly assessing FIFA Member Associations on strategic topics such as General Management and Business Development.

Giancarlo Sergi is the President of Swiss Basketball, the governing body of Basketball in Switzerland. His role is to oversee and monitor the general development of the federation: e.g. National Teams Development, Change Management programme and development of high potential and future Olympic disciplines such as 3×3.

Francisco Roca

Since 1991 and until 2005 he was NBA Southern Europe Managing Director. In the same year he was appointed CEO of Spanish Professional Soccer League (LFP) and held this title until 2013. At LFP he managed the operations of First and Second Division, the two professional soccer leagues in Spain, and he increased the revenues, the fame of the league at the international level, and the modernization of the stadia security and access control systems, and other aspects of the league and the teams. He went back to basketball in 2014, when he was selected as the President of the Spanish Basketball Association (ACB) the professional  basketball league in Spain, considered the top and best organized basketball league in Europe. ACB is in charge of organizing the championship, called Liga Endesa, and collateral top events such as Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) and Supercopa Endesa (Supercup Endesa).

 

Christian Lechtaler

Christian started as a youth player in Frölunda HC’s organization in the beginning of the 80´s. Went through the Academy – graduated 1991 as a pro-hockey player and signed a two-year contract with Frölunda HC.

Played as a professional for 15 seasons, in Allsvenskan and Swedish Hockey League. At the same time he graduated with a bachelor degree in Marketing/Management at the Business School of Umeå and Stockholm University.

After retiring as an athlete his next challenge was as a Sport Event Manager at Stockholm Globe Arenas. Together with the promotor he helped create indoor sports events at the international top levels such as soccer, floorball, handball and ice-hockey.

Chris then moved to Lugano 2008/2009 season to work as an assistant coach for HC Lugano with John Slettvoll.

He was then head-hunted to SEB, prestigious bank in Sweden, to become a Manager in Retail Business in Stockholm.

Returned to Frölunda HC again in 2011, as an assistant coach to Kent Johansson for two seasons. Following season signed a two-year contract as the General Manager.

Today, serving as President for Frölunda HC. Also additional role as a General Manager together with the former player Fredrik Sjöström.

Chris D’Orso

Since 2012 Chris has been Vice President of Sales and Operations of the Orlando Magic of the NBA, and he enters his 28th season with this team. His responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations of sales for the Amway Center including season, partial, group and tourism sales as well as Junior Magic, camps, retail, and ticket operations for both the Orlando Magic and Amway Center. D’Orso joined the Magic in 1989 as the promotions/publicity coordinator.  He then moved into the sponsorship sales department as a corporate account manager. In 1994, D’Orso was promoted to the assistant director of marketing position, and in 1998 director of marketing. He was promoted to vice president of marketing and sales in 2002. In 2009, he was named Vice President of Sales and Ticket Operations and promoted to senior vice president of sales and operations in 2012. He is considered one of the most innovative people in the NBA teams.

Andrey Vatutin

Andrey graduated from Moscow State University, Faculty of Journalism (1995). He started working as a manager in basketball in 2000, helping Ural Great Perm to win two Russian Superleague titles. Moved to CSKA Moscow in 2002 taking Vice President position. In 2007 was named CSKA CEO, President position was added in 2008.

 

With Vatutin in the office CSKA Moscow won 3 Euroleague titles (2006, 2008, 2016), 6 VTB League titles (2010, 2012-16), never lost a Russian championship crown, won three games against NBA teams (Clippers, 2006; Cleveland, 2010; Minnesota, 2013).

 

Stewart Mison

Stewart Mison is the Director of Business Development for MICROSOFT SPORT where he has responsibility for identifying and building the Company’s relationship with the worldwide sports community, directly with leading Federations and Clubs or working in support of one of Microsofts regional offices as they engage with sports teams in the local market. In time honoured fashion he also supports and works with the many Microsoft Partners who also are engaged with sport. Mison came to Microsoft in late November 2014, joining after a long career in sports and entertainment marketing both running his own consultancy and tenure at IMG and Octagon as well as creating the acclaimed sports research business FUTURES SPORT and ENTERTAINMENT. In 2011 he started to be involved in Sports Tech and is passionate about how the sports industry should embrace the opportunities the digital world offers, particularly with fan engagement, moving away from just social media to build one –to-one relationships with the fan and opening up new monetisation paths.  He is an advocate on how and why the sports industry at club and federation level must recognise and embrace what can be a disruptive and transformational paradigm shift so that they are better equipped to be relevant for today’s 21st century and the demands of the connected fan

Rolf Beyer

Rolf Beyer studied business administration at the Otto-Friedrich-University in Bamberg. After graduation, he began his career in December 1997 in the logistics of Brose in Hallstadt. He took over the technical management of the disposition in Hallstadt (1998-200). Then he switched to the job as supervisor of the mounting portion (2005). In August 2005, he moved into the commercial management and took the lead of all commercial functions for Hallstadt and six other companies within the Brose Group. In November 2013 Rolf Beyer was appointed to the Supervisory Board of the Bamberger Basketball GmbH and took over the management of Brose Baskets (July 2014). Beyer was born 1971 on November 26th. He is married and has two children.