Leading sports data provider Sportradar has added four members to its board of directors and named Tony Aquila as the company’s new chairman.
Sportradar said that the appointments would further enhance the expertise of its board as the company looks to gain market share in key markets including the United States.
Aquila currently serves as founder, chairman and CEO of Texas-based Solera Holdings, a developer of next-generation solutions which manage and protect both businesses and consumers within the automotive, mobility, financial and cybersecurity industries in over 90 countries.
Alongside Aquila, Sportradar’s new board members comprise Marc Walder, Herve Couturier and George Fleet. They join chief executive Carsten Koerl, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), and Silicon Valley-based growth equity firm TCV, on the Sportradar Group board.
“I am thrilled to serve at the helm of Sportradar’s global board, especially now, during this exciting time of growth,” said Aquila. “Sportradar has always played a pivotal role in innovating and strengthening the industry as it continues to gain marketshare in key regions such as the US and secure its leadership position.
“I, along with the board, look forward to working with Carsten to help take the company to the next level and continue its aggressive growth and expansion.”
Walder was a former professional tennis player on the ATP Tour, and currently serves as CEO of Swiss media group Ringier and founder of the nationwide initiative digitalswitzerland.
Couturier is a former chief technology officer of Amadeus, and is non-executive board member at Sabre, a leading provider of solutions for the travel industry, and SimCorp SAS, a Paris-based provider of investment management software solutions for financial organisations.
Fleet currently serves as head of advisory at Canaccord Genuity and comes to the board with almost 25 years of experience in investment banking with particular experience in complex public and private acquisitions, mergers and disposals.
“We are delighted to welcome Tony and our new group board members during such an opportune time of explosive growth for Sportradar, the source code of sport,” said Koerl. “Each board member brings an incomparable wealth of experience and strategic vision that will further enhance the expertise of our board as we continue to build the ecosystem of sports insight.
“We have not only doubled down on the US as the betting market continues to open but are ramping up our efforts to transform the way our betting partners (bookmakers, lotteries and casinos), leagues, broadcasters, and digital/social media companies delight fans and protect the business of sport.”