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Mark Shapiro and Ioris Francini have been named co-presidents of WME-IMG, the company announced Monday.
The two executives will oversee the company’s media, events, fashion (including IMG Models, Art + Commerce, and The Wall Group), licensing, global partnerships, original content, IMG College, IMG Academy, The Miss Universe Organization, Professional Bull Riders and Frieze businesses, in addition to the company’s new China subsidiary. Shapiro will continue to be based in New York, while Francini is based in London.
Previously, Shapiro served as chief content officer and Francini had been president of IMG Media.
“Mark and Ioris have been great partners these past few years, helping us integrate WME and IMG, generate organic growth, and expand into new business lines and geographies,” Ariel Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, WME-IMG co-CEOs, said in a statement. “WME-IMG is a strong, dynamic business with exciting opportunities ahead, and Mark and Ioris combine the vision and expertise to help the company succeed in this next chapter.”
Prior to joining WME-IMG in 2014, Shapiro was CEO of Dick Clark Productions. From 2006 to 2010, he served as director, president and CEO of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. He previously spent 12 years at ESPN, where he oversaw both production and programming.
Francini joined IMG in 2003 as head of sales for media in Italy before relocating to London in 2007 to lead sales across EMEA. He was promoted to executive vice president of IMG Media in 2012, and then to president in 2014. Previously, Francini served as head of legal and business affairs at European film production company MovieWeb.
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