Italo Zanzi Joins Fox Sports In Asia
Fox has appointed AS Roma’s former CEO, Italo Zanzi, to lead its sports business across APAC and the Middle East.
Zanzi, now based in Singapore, reports to Simeon Dawes, Fox Networks Group’s EVP and MD for Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
The hire gives Fox its first dedicated sports lead in the region after Rohit D’Silva took on a new role in April 2015, as regional commercial head for distribution and licensing.
Since then, day-to-day management of the sports channels had been overseen by Singapore GM Fion Yeo, who is relocating to take up a new role in Hong Kong.
Press release in full below:
Fox Sports Asia Appoints Italo Zanzi To Head Network
Singapore – FOX Networks Group Asia announced today the appointment of Italo Zanzi as Executive Vice President and Managing Director for its Sports network. The veteran sports executive leads the management of the FOX Sports business and team across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Zanzi joins FOX from Italian Serie A football club A.S. Roma where he was CEO for three and a half years, overseeing all aspects of the club’s operations and business. His tenure at Roma was marked by financial improvements and competitive success for the club, including two-second place finishes in Serie A and qualification to the knock-out stage of the UEFA Champions League in 2015-16.
“I am very excited to take on this truly special role and challenge. With the power of FOX Sports - and its commitment to innovation across all media - the potential for growth is tremendous. Most importantly, I am confident FOX Sports will be a valued home for fans across this dynamic region by delivering a unique and compelling experience”
Zanzi reports to Simeon Dawes, EVP and MD, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia & the Middle East, FOX Networks Group, and is responsible for all aspects of the FOX Sports Network, including Production, Acquisitions and Marketing across the region, stretching from Japan to Dubai. He is based in Singapore.
Dawes added, “Italo is the kind of dynamic individual that we need to lead the FOX Sports business. With the knowledge and experience that he brings to the company, I am confident that he, together with the core team at FOX Sports, will be able to drive growth and innovation.”
Zanzi earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago in 1996, and Juris Doctor and MBA from Emory University in 1999. He is a licensed attorney in New York State. He started his career at Major League Baseball, where he spent nearly eight years, eventually serving as Vice President, International Broadcast Sales & Latin American / US Hispanic Marketing. He then served as Deputy General Secretary of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) overseeing the confederation's events, communications and marketing. Before joining A.S. Roma, Zanzi worked on behalf of the America’s Cup Event Authority in 2012, overseeing media rights licensing.
Zanzi is also an accomplished athlete, having represented the US national handball team as goalkeeper from 1997-2007 and winning a bronze medal with the team at the 2003 Pan American Games. He was named the United States Olympic Committee’s Team Handball Athlete of the Year in 2000, 2002, and 2004.
Source: Fox Networks Group