Endeavor Names Mark Shapiro as President

Mark Shapiro has been promoted to president of Endeavor, the company announced on Monday.

He previously has served as IMG's chief content officer since 2014 and was named a co-president of WME-IMG (the former name of Endeavor) in 2016. His work at the company has included unifying its fashion businesses (including IMG Models, The Wall Group, Art + Commerce, LENS, IMG Focus and more than 20 events around the world), developing new formats for IMG's events portfolio (including the upcoming Frieze LA), supported the five-year, $1.5 billion U.S. rights deal for the UFC with ESPN and enhanced Endeavor Global Marketing with acquisitions in public relations, experiential and advertising.

"The past four years have marked Endeavor's most pivotal stage of growth, and Mark has played a critical role in getting us to where we are today," said Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel in a statement. "Mark's leadership, creativity and drive will help [executive chairman] Patrick [Whitesell] and me as we continue to scale Endeavor and realize its full potential."

Prior to joining IMG, Shapiro served as CEO of Dick Clark Productions and director, president and CEO of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. He began his career at ESPN, where he oversaw both production and programming while leading the creation of sports and entertainment properties at the Worldwide Leader. He serves on the boards of four public companies: Live Nation, Frontier Communications, Papa John's and Equity Residential.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


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