Ian Wray to lead Genius Sports’ football division

| By Richard Mulligan
Genius Sports has appointed sports data specialist Ian Wray to lead its growth in the global football market.

Wray joins Genius Sports from ChyronHego where he led global sales for the business’ sports-data focused Tracab division for the past nine years. In that role, he worked closely with the several major football leagues and federations globally to implement data tracking, coaching and fan engagement solutions.

As head of football, Wray will oversee Genius Sports’ partnerships with many of the world’s leading football organisations including the English Premier League, Argentine Football Association and Liga MX. Wray will help to expand Genius Sports’ range of technology, video and fan engagement solutions across the global football sector.

Jack Davison, chief commercial officer at Genius Sports, said: “Ian is a real expert in how official data can be monetised to power the most contextual and engaging products for fans, coaches, broadcasters and other key stakeholders.

“Our global soccer business has grown significantly in recent years and Ian is the perfect person to take that to the next level.”

Wray said: “I’m tremendously excited to be joining Genius Sports at this key moment in the company’s development. The market for official sports data and video content is continuing to expand at pace.

“I’m, therefore, very much looking forward to helping Genius Sports leverage its existing technology portfolio, as well as its impressive recent acquisitions, to deliver even greater value across the whole spectrum of stakeholders within the world of soccer.”

Genius Sports recently partnered with Mediapro Canada on a project designed to enhance coverage of the country’s football competitions.

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