Smith appointed MD of Frontiers Sport & Entertainment
Frontiers Sport & Entertainment (FSE) has announced that Emile Smith has been appointed as managing director (MD) of the organisation with effect from 11th January 2017.
Most recently Smith held executive positions as a board member at South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and South African Hockey Association (SAHA). Furthermore, Smith was chairman of the NOC Athletes Commission, a committee member for the bid of the Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games and a part of the local organising committee for the Premier Hockey League (PHL).
Kelvin Watt, Group CEO of TransAfrica Media said: “We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Emile Smith. As a double Olympian and with over 10 years’ experience on both the commercial and administrative side of South African and African sport he has all the credentials to be a great success.
“With our investment in South African Hockey and the #SAHockey Revolution, Emile's extensive knowledge on both high performance and the business of Hockey make him a huge asset to our organisation.”
Emile Smith (pictured in green and yellow) said: “I am so excited to join the FSE team. I was attracted to the opportunity of providing solutions to sport federations from a commercialisation and eventing aspect while living my passion – sports and lifestyle. Frontiers will also allow me to put into practice my vision and views on where the future of sport lies.
“In addition, I believe that I have a deep understanding of the sporting landscape and because I am able to relate to the sports right holder structures and policies, I understand the expectation of federations and athletes acutely. I am confident my understanding of the balance between commercialisation and the responsibility of sport will contribute to the organisations sustainability and success.”
Additional noteworthy appointments include:
- Playmakers has announced thatLuntu Ntloko will be returning to South Africa to join the four time Discovery Sport Industry Awards Agency of Year winners from March 2017. Ntloko worked for FIFA during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and subsequently took a full-time position at FIFA headquarters in Switzerland, where she has been based for six years.
- Telecommunications company, Econet has confirmed the appointment of Jeroen Oerlemans as the new chief executive officer of the Kwesé Sports division of African pay-television broadcaster Kwesé TV. Oerlemans’ appointment comes at a time when the media group has just concluded several rights deals, including Pan-African agreements such as the recently announced partnership with ESPN. Prior to his latest appointment, Oerlemans was a former vice-president of global acquisitions at the MP & Silva agency.
- Sports marketing company, Megapro has confirmed that Bronson Mokabela has joined its team as the new deputy CEO of the group. Starting in January 2017, Mokabela comes with experience in the sports marketing industry, holding previous positions at both Nike as its sports marketing manager and Vodacom as its executive head of sponsorship and regional marketing.
- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has appointed Johnny Grave, currently commercial director of the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA), as its new chief executive.
- Shaun Custers, the former head of media evaluation at Nielsen Sports, has been appointed as a media analyst at Betway.
- Joseph Wright, the former technical director of NBA Africa and the CEO of Joby Wright Basketball School and Wright Way Foundation, has been appointed as technical director of the Rwanda Basketball Federation (FERWABA).
- Nick Moyo, the former account director at EXP, has been reappointed as a client service manager of Nielsen Sports.