Sportradar confirms Yabuki as chairman of global board
Yabuki most recently served as executive chairman of financial services and payments technology provider Fiserv, prior to which he was chief executive of the business.
He will serve on the Sportradar board alongside global chief executive Carsten Koerl, Hafiz Lalani of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and John Doran of growth equity firm TCV, as well as Chuck Robel, Marc Walder, Hervé Couturier and George Fleet.
“As the leading global provider of sports data intelligence, Sportradar has achieved remarkable growth and is well positioned for the future in this evolving market,” Yabuki said.
“I am honoured to join the global board to partner with Carsten and the incredibly talented Sportradar leadership team to create differentiated value at the intersection of sports entertainment and technology leadership.”
CEO Koerl added: “We are thrilled to welcome Jeff to the Sportradar team,” said Sportradar Group CEO Carsten Koerl. “His extraordinary leadership, strategic approach, and business acumen propelled Fiserv to become a global leader in financial services and payments technology.”
Confirmation of the appointment comes after Sportradar last month announced a business-wide reorganisation of its operations, shifting towards a regionalised approach to support its future growth strategy.
The new structure will see Koerl will continue to oversee the business as group chief executive, supported by three regional CEOs around the world.
Arne Rees now serves as CEO of North America, while Werner Becher, previously managing director of US betting, oversees Sportradar’s operations in the UK, EMEA and Latin America.
Eduard Blonk heads up Asia Pacific as CEO on an interim basis, with support from Michael Maerz as deputy, as well as serve as chief commercial officer of the business.