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Aser Ventures taps Francini as vice chair

Francini is the former WME | IMG (now Endeavor) co-president.

Aser Ventures, a sports, media and tech investment platform, has named Ioris Francini as vice chairman. Francini is the former WME | IMG (now Endeavor) co-president.

PRESS RELEASE

The sports, media and technology investment platform Aser Ventures has appointed the former WME | IMG (now Endeavor) Co-President Ioris Francini as Vice Chairman.

A hugely respected media executive, Ioris brings deep strategic expertise and a unique set of relationships with rights owners and brands to Aser. He will play a key role in strengthening the group’s investor relations and driving new commercial growth across the portfolio.

Ioris has a 20-year track-record in the sports and entertainment industry. He joined IMG in 2003 and was made President of IMG Events & Media in 2014. From 2016-19 he served as Co-President of WME | IMG and President of IMG Media. Ioris now holds the advisory role of IMG Media Chairman.

Andrea Radrizzani, Aser Ventures Chairman & Founder, said: “At Aser great people are at the core of everything we do. We are proud to have built a world-class leadership team over the years to support our portfolio companies and partners, and Ioris is going to be a fantastic addition. His experience, network and expertise will add massive value to our group. I’m delighted to welcome him to the Aser family.”

Ioris Francini, Aser Ventures Vice Chairman, added: “Aser Ventures has a leading portfolio of sports, media and technology companies with a history of building innovative ventures and aggressively growing the existing businesses in which it invests. I’m excited to work alongside Andrea and the brilliant management team at Aser to continue to drive the group forwards in the years ahead.”

Aser’s portfolio includes the Premier League club Leeds United, the sports media group ELEVEN and a network of content, marketing, data and blockchain companies. Aser marries investment with deep market expertise, making it uniquely placed to generate value for its partners, companies and their end users.

Aser has made over USD 300m worth of investments and grown to an estimated enterprise value of USD 1.5bn since 2015. 1,500 employees across 25 offices worldwide operate across Aser’s network of portfolio companies. The group’s investment partners include Corrum Capital and 49ers Enterprises, an investment entity affiliated with the San Francisco 49ers.