Sports Business : DAZN gets new CEO as Simon Denyer moves out

So, finally DAZN, the global OTT player has officially confirmed the news that Chief Executive Officer of the company Simon Denyer has decided to move out. Company’s chief revenue officer James Rushton will take up the position vacated by Denyer and will the company’s new acting CEO.

Simon Denyer moves out, Rushton to lead DAZN

Denyer meanwhile is taking up a new advisory position at Access Industries according to a report. Denyer had created and led DAZN since it was first formed within Perform Group, which he founded in 2007.

Rushton initially served as chief executive of DAZN’s over-the-top (OTT) streaming business, before the group divided its assets to create two separate entities – DAZN and Perform Content – in September 2018. This saw him switch to the position of chief revenue officer in January 2019, where he has been responsible for the leadership and commercial performance of DAZN’s in-market teams.

A long-serving Perform Group executive before its asset split, Rushton has also held roles including managing director of APAC, as well as managing director of Australia and New Zealand.

Commenting on the appointments, John Skipper, DAZN’s executive chairman, said: “James has been with the organisation for the better part of two decades and brings a huge amount of experience and skill to enable us to deliver on our potential.

The changes will take effect immediately.