As chief executive of Ladies European Tour, Ivan Khodabakhsh has been at the forefront of the growth of professional women’s golf and is a passionate advocate of sport’s ability to challenge perceptions and create societal change.
Under Ivan’s guidance, the LET has extended its reach in to new territories and broadened its strategic vision beyond the professional game, to take responsibility to grow women’s golf with a dedicated development programme. Having worked for major Olympic sports organisations, Ivan has helped the LET position itself ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, a transformational moment for the women’s game.
Ivan came to LET in January 2013 after two decades in sport. As an Event Director for the European Athletics Association, Ivan was responsible for more than 20 European athletic events, especially the European Athletics Championships which attracts around 320,000 spectators, 400 Million TV viewers and is broadcasted over 1,400 hours worldwide.
As Chief Operating Officer and later as Chief Executive Officer for World Series Boxing (WSB), Ivan created a global league of boxing and the formation of its headquarters. Owned by AIBA and recognised by the IOC, it sold franchise licenses worth over $46 million and central commercial and TV rights worldwide.