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Zug, Switzerland - Infront X has announced today a number of changes to its leadership that will take effect in June 2022, in line with the company’s strategy to design and deliver digital experiences with the maximum commercial potential for our clients in the sports and entertainment industry.
The company will introduce a new Executive Leadership team composed of Joel Speier in the newly created Executive Chairman role, Joni Lockridge who will be promoted to Chief Operating Officer, Krishnan Ramachandran remaining as Chief Financial Officer as well as a new Chief Commercial Officer role which the company is currently hiring for.
Philip Sharpe, who has been successfully managing Infront X's core business together with Krishnan Ramachandran as Managing Director & COO since early 2021, has decided to retire from his position in mid-July.
Philippe Blatter, President & CEO, Infront said: "The new leadership structure of Infront X with Joel at the helm, supported by Joni and Krishnan, brings together an experienced team of complementary backgrounds. This sets the company up for continued growth and will benefit clients seeking to maximize the commercial potential of their digital assets in the rapidly changing market."
"I would like to congratulate Joel and Joni for taking on their new roles, and I sincerely thank Phil for his leadership and commitment for the past 7 years and wish him all the best for the future. Our clients, internal teams, and the sports industry have all benefited from his efforts," Blatter continued.
Joel Speier has been a long-standing member of the Infront management team for more than ten years until 2021. Most recently he was leading the Group's Strategy, Business Development and M&A unit. In this role, he worked closely with major sports rights holders worldwide on commercial rights partnerships and oversaw Infront’s M&A activities, including Infront’s investments in multiple sports technology companies. Prior to his long tenure at Infront he worked with the NBA and Merrill Lynch.
Joni has been with Infront X since 2016, most recently serving as VP of Business Strategy & Operations. She will draw from her sports and digital experience with brands, rights owners, and professional service organizations to grow and evolve an Infront X team who is already known as one of the most trusted development and delivery partners in sports. Prior to Infront X, Joni led Digital Strategy at the PGA of America and the Solutions team at Definition 6 in Atlanta. Joni has been named “Manager of the Year,” “Client Service Person of the Year,” and “Unified Marketer of the Year” at various organizations and started her career with a coveted MBA Internship position at Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
Joel Speier, incoming Infront X Executive Chairman added: "Infront X is uniquely positioned as the only player with a long-track record and a clear focus on the sports vertical. Our ability to design and deliver technology-agnostic solutions that achieve tangible and measurable commercial results for clients complements what the industry has always known about Infront X-- that our teams can handle the most complex timelines, integrations, and implementations."